Politico.com, 2/6/9

Several of the GOP’s most prominent governors blasted the stimulus plan making its way through Congress Thursday, urging Senate Republicans to resist passing the bill and taking aim at what they called unnecessary spending in the package.

“The legislation currently being considered includes excess spending and impedes states’ abilities to manage their own programs,” said Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour. “I will oppose any stimulus package that increases states’ costs and taxes, or results in federal control over state-administered programs.

Barbour concluded: “The best stimulus package is one that includes tax cuts and real job creation initiatives that can have an immediate positive impact on the American economy.”