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Speed Not the Only Consideration in Transportation Stimulus Spending

by Will Schroeer, Smart Growth America

The New York Times this morning added to the growing literature on how states are choosing to spend transportation stimulus dollars with the article by Michael Cooper and Griff Palmer entitled "Cities Lose Out on Road Funds from Federal Stimulus."More...

North Carolina Working Group

By: Jane Pinsky, director of North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform More...

New Report: 120 Days of Stimulus Transportation Spending

by Steve Davis, Smart Growth America

Within the $787 billion stimulus bill that became law in February, Congress provided states and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) with $26.6 billion in flexible funds for transportation projects. Today marks 120 days from the apportionment of the funds to the states.More...

Connecticut coalition grading state ARRA action

By: Kim Hynes, senior organizer, Connecticut Common CauseMore...

Will the Stimulus Be Frittered by Job Wars Among States?

By Greg LeRoy, Good Jobs First

In a perversion of President Obama’s intentions, there are troubling signs that the “economic war among the states” is threatening to fritter away the stimulus act.More...

Praying for Yet More Guidance

by Phil Mattera, Good Jobs FirstMore...

New York Seeks to be National Leader in Stimulus Accountability

by Chris Keeley, Common Cause NYMore...

Dueling Anecdotes are No Substitute for Real Data

The stimulus anecdote war is escalating. This week Sen. Tom Coburn issued a report that is highly critical of some 100 specific Recovery Act projects around the country. The Oklahoma Republican uses these examples to bolster his argument that "Congress chose the wrong approach to stimulating the economy by spending money we don't have on things we don't need."More...

Georgia Coalition Following the Money

by Jayne Watson of Common Cause Georgia

The Georgia Stimulus Transparency and Accountability Coalition was recently featured in an article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution , which looked at the oversight of stimulus money flowing into the state.More...

Texas Allocates Stimulus Money for Green Jobs

Posted for Morgan Hargrave (Texas Impact)

A study commissioned last year by Texas Governor Rick Perry estimated that 2/3 of new energy sector jobs over the next 10 years would come from renewable energy sector, so it is fitting that among the few small victories for advocates working to ensure Texas gets the most out of its Recovery Act funds involved the creation of the state's first ever green jobs training program.More...

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