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National Briefing / South Carolina

Governor to take stimulus funds

February 24, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Republican Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina, a vocal opponent of federal bailouts in a state beset by one of the nation's highest jobless rates, has decided to take stimulus money to increase weekly unemployment checks by $25.

Although he will accept money for the increase, the governor will not likely go along with part of the stimulus plan that extends unemployment benefits to more part-time workers, a spokesman said.

Sanford's decision came after he determined that every other state would be taking the extra benefit money.

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