JUNEAU, Alaska, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin defended her veto of $28.6 million in federal stimulus money as the Legislature voted to override it.
The Alaska Legislature voted Monday to override Palin's rejection of federal stimulus money.
Alaska requires three-quarters of the Legislature to cancel a governor's veto of a budget appropriation and the 45-14 vote was exactly enough, the Anchorage Daily News reported. Several attempts to override other Palin vetoes in Monday's special session failed.
Demonstrators on both sides of the issue were on hand. About 150 people called on legislators to vote against the override.
In a message on her Facebook page, Palin, who rejected the federal money in May, said meeting federal building code requirements would cost Alaska more than it would receive in energy efficiency aid, the Daily News reported.
"As governor, I did my utmost to warn our legislators that accepting stimulus funds will further tie Alaska to the federal government and chip away at Alaska's right to chart its own course," she said.