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Overcoming ARRA Perception Problems

by Phineas Baxandall

Senior Analyst for Tax and Budget Policy, U.S. Public Interest Research GroupMore...

Still Not Stimulated -- If You're Not First You're Last

by Gihan Perera, Executive Director of the Miami Workers Center

re-posted from Huffington Post

It's always great to be the best at something, isn't it? Florida recently got spanked for coming last in spending federal stimulus dollars on transportation and infrastructure. In other words, we were number one in not spending federal ARRA dollars.More...

Recipient Data Coming Soon but Concerns Linger

Members of the STAR Coalition are not the only ones worried about the quality of the data that will be made public next month when ARRA recipient reporting commences. A report issued last week by the Government Accountability Office also expresses significant concerns. The GAO writes on page 111:More...

ARRA Accountability Round-up

Since Labor Day there has been a spate of new reports and other materials on Recovery Act issues. Here's a round-up of these new items, which are being added to our resources pages.More...

Stimulus Funding as Check on Poverty

The $787 billion Recovery Act is designed to boost the entire economy, but a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows that the stimulus is serving as a boon for low-income Americans.More...

Brooklyn Activists Fight Use of Stimulus Bonds for Gentrification Plan

by Allison Lirish Dean, Good Jobs New York

Thanks to the federal stimulus bill, a new tax-exempt bond has hit the market: "Recovery Zone Facility Bonds" (RZFBs). And while that phrase might make your eyes glaze over, keep reading, because initial indicators of how these bonds might be allocated in New York City are cause for heightened alert.More...

Report: Most States Are Failing to Use the Web Effectively to Inform Taxpayers About Economic Stimulus Spending

Good Jobs First just released its report evaluating state Recovery Act websites. Here is the press release:

Washington, DC, July 29, 2009--While some states have created impressive websites to disseminate information about their share of the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), most are failing to make effective use of online technology to educate taxpayers about the impact of economic stimulus spending. This is the finding of Show Us the Stimulus, a report released today by Good Jobs First, a non-profit research center based in Washington, DC.More...

Massachusetts Posting ARRA Contracts

by Phineas Baxandall, USPIRG

Economic Recovery contracts will now go on line in Massachusetts. This is a significant raising of the bar for transparency. Up until now the spending but not the contracts had not been posted, particularly not if spent by sub-entities like municipalities, counties, and other authorities.More...

State Revenues Plummet; More Reason for Subsidy Restraint

By Greg LeRoy, Good Jobs First

The Rockefeller Institute's quarterly analysis of state revenues finds that the first quarter of 2009 showed the sharpest decline in at least 46 years - "the worst on record for the states."

Overall, compares to the same period of 2008, state revenues fell 11.7 percent including personal income tax decline of 17.5 percent, sales tax down 8.5 percent and corporate income tax down 18.8 percent.More...

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