Wrong, Lefties: Palin Didn't Cut Special Olympics Dollars

Declining huge budget increase, Alaska Gov. authorized 10% boost instead
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2008 4:24 PM CDT
A pair of professors found that Gov. Sarah Palin approved only a 10% increase in funding for Alaska Special Olympics, from $250,000 to $275,000, rather than the $550,000 state lawmakers wanted.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Sarah Palin did not cut funding to the Special Olympics in Alaska, as many have said, professors Warren Throckmorton and Paul Kengor write in the National Review. In fact, this year she approved an increase in funding, from $250,000 to $275,000. Lawmakers had asked for $550,000, perhaps inspiring the liberal media to insinuate that Palin had cut, rather than denied, funding.

“In other words,” they write in a piece taking the likes of MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann to task for wringing lies from the numbers, “not only did Palin not cut funding, she actually raised it.” They conclude: “No, Mr. Olbermann, there’s nothing ‘sick’ about the way Palin balanced her commitments to special-needs funding and fiscal responsibility. What is sick is how the political biases of American journalists have corrupted their ability to do their job.”