Perry stands firm on unemployment money

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry is standing firm in his position that Texas shouldn't accept $555 million in federal economic stimulus money for unemployment benefits.

At a Texas Workforce Commission event Wednesday he said expanding benefits as called for by accepting the federal dollars would cause Texas employers' taxes to go up in the long run. He said when the federal money runs out, the expanded costs would still be there.

But some fellow Republicans in the Legislature are pushing a bill that would allow Texas to take the federal cash.

Perry wouldn't say he would veto that measure if it reaches his desk. He said there's lots of time in the legislative session before it takes its final shape.