The stimulus plan furnished an additional $25 per week to qualified job seekers as they work to find permanent employment."
"Eligible Texans began receiving the benefit increase in mid-March. The increase is effective for all initial claims filed through Dec. 26, 2009."
Evidently the legislature recognized, that even $25 a week helps a unemployed worker.
Back in April at least one Republican senator had figured out the long term benefits of the stimulus, "Senators voted 22-9 in favor of a bill by Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, that would authorize state officials to receive the stimulus money to shore up Texas' trust fund for unemployed workers..."