Palin’s reversal was even more abrupt. She opened the battle March 19 by saying her state would “not request” some 31 percent of federal funds. Facing an uproar from legislators, her lieutenant governor, Sean Parnell, assured the media the next day that Palin wasn’t “rejecting” the money, just seeking a public debate on spending. And Palin herself then weighed in, saying the money was still “on the table.”
Palin has since pledged to work out differences with her Legislature, and her spokeswoman would only forward a copy of her March 31 certification letter.
“It is possible that there will be areas where the state will choose not to apply for funds,” she said, noting that legislators were hearing public testimony and adding that she would apply for it on a “case by case” basis.