Sunday, February 15, 2009

Battle for Stimulus Dollars Set to Begin

States and cities start jockeying to claim the largest amount of money released from Washington since LBJ after Barack Obama signs the stimulus bill into law on Tuesday. There will be obvious winners and losers:
Officials expect that politics will not be limited to the lawmakers. Spending decisions on education could pit urban school districts against suburban or rural ones; how billions are dispensed for energy could come down to how advanced, or not, one state might be when it comes to wind energy development; and in many cases, it will come down to whether extra money will be spent to save the job of a firefighter or a teacher.

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