The billions in transportation stimulus dollars thatMore promoted as a way to create jobs shortchange counties that need the work the most, an Associated Press analysis has found. here.
The AP's review of more than 5,500 planned transportation projects nationwide is the most complete picture available of where states plan to spend the first wave of highway money. It reveals that states are planning to spend 50 percent more per person in areas with the lowest unemployment than in communities with the highest. The Transportation Department said it will attempt to replicate the AP's analysis as it continues pressing states to dole out money fairly.
One result among many: Elk County, Pa., isn't receiving any road money despite its 13.8 percent. Yet the military and college community of Riley County, Kan., with 3.4 percent unemployment, will benefit from about $56 million to build a highway, improve an intersection and restore a historic farmhouse.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Stimulus creates jobs in areas with low unemployment
Communities with the highest unemployment rates are receiving the least amount of transportation stimulus dollars, according to an AP analysis of more than 5,500 planned transportation projects. The analysis revealed that "states are planning to spend 50 percent more per person in areas with the lowest unemployment than in communities with the highest." The money is being doled out to projects that are ready to go, which leaves out projects in struggling communities that haven't been able to fund the preparation and plans required.