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Gov. Scott rejects Obama's unemployment insurance plan as another 'Band-aid'



WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's plan to give states more time to pay back billions borrowed for jobless benefits ran into a key obstacle Wednesday: Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

The newly elected Republican, and frequent Obama critic, is pursuing his own ideas to deal with the crushing debt caused by persistently bad unemployment, a spokesman said. He wants to use state money to cover some of the interest owed to the federal government and reduce the benefits a person can get — a proposal advocates for the unemployed plan to protest today in Tallahassee.

"Band-aids and quick fixes from a federal government that spends money faster than it is printed will not solve real problems," said Scott spokesman Brian Hughes.

Scott's reaction could be trouble for Obama, who is counting on support from hard-hit states to pressure reluctant Republicans on Capitol Hill. His plan is part of his 2012 budget to be released Monday. (story here)

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 9:32pm]


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