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1 | Washington Easy on the Stimulus, Please Some of the Republican Party's highest-profile governors say they may reject a small percentage of the Federal Government's $787 billion stimulus funding in the name of fiscal conservatism. They say taking federal funds to expand unemployment insurance, for example, would create a future burden on their states and lead to tax increases.

Haley Barbour, Mississippi The former GOP chairman believes the stimulus plan is "filled with social policy and costs too much."

Bobby Jindal, Louisiana The rumored 2012 presidential candidate deems it "irresponsible" to expand unemployment insurance.

Mark Sanford, South Carolina He says...

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