NEWS Capital City Weekly Dozens of arts and education supporters gathered on the Capitol steps at noon last Friday to protest Gov. Sarah Palin's rejection of federal stimulus dollars. The state of Alaska was offered approximately $930 million from the federal government. Last Thursday, Palin decided to reject almost $288 million, much of which would have gone toward arts and education programs. Palin met protesters on the steps during the protest to answer questions and defend her decision. She said that rather than following national opinion on the matter, she is more concerned with managing Alaskan's expectations."I'm going to do what's best for Alaska," Palin said. "We just want to make sure that everybody has all the information regarding this opportunity, because with opportunity comes obligation. I think the fairest route to Alaskans is not to get their expectations up."

Photo: Palin addresses protesters

Photo By Libby Sterling
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