Monday, January 12, 2009

Palin recommends projects; urges restraint

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is recommending federal stimulus funding for five state projects. Each of those projects, the governor claims, fits within guidelines that spending requests must be in the national interest.

Beyond that, she's not promising to deliver or advocate anything, as she sticks with her no-pork image.

The Alaska Report:

While others have compiled wish-lists of Alaska-specific projects, many of them meritorious, the governor says the administration will not be commenting on or ranking them, given that they might not be considered for the stimulus package.

"We don't want to get hopes up among community leaders that their local projects are likely to be included, when that probably won't be the case," she said.

"It's understandable that many Alaskans want to see some local projects advanced," Gov. Palin said. "But it's pretty clear that it won't happen in this stimulus package, and we need to be realistic about that."

It's not a sexy story, but it's a good one. Let's read more of them out of Alaska in the future.