States had a June 29 deadline to obligate, or decide how to spend, 50 percent of their transportation money. But my colleagues here at ProPublica discovered that there’s more than one way to meet the deadline. By June 30, they found, “13 (states) still hadn’t obligated 50 percent of their total highway funds ....” It turns out that states had to obligate only the money controlled by the state governments, not the funds transferred to big cities and urban areas. So cities may not have fully reported their spending projects yet; we’ve put in a call to the U.S. Conference of Mayors to ask about it.
Thursday, July 09, 2009
ProPublica's Amanda Michel writes that, despite appearances to the contrary, metropolitan stimulus money may still be in the pipeline: