Wednesday, March 4, 2009

More than broadband at stake for rural America in the stimulus package?

According to a story in today's New York Times, rural America may also get a bridge or two painted. Here's a quote from Michael Cooper's story, "Stimulus Spurs Road Projects Big and Small":
Beyond all the money for Medicaid and unemployment benefits in the huge bill passed last month, this will be the face of the country’s stimulus program: a bridge will be painted on a rural road, a new lane added on a suburban highway, a guardrail built on a median strip.
He goes on to report that, in Washington state, for example, state legislators are supporting a range of smaller projects spread across the state, while Governor Gregoire and Seattle's mayor are supporting a major project in that city. Cooper queries:
Should the bulk of the money go to metropolitan regions where the bulk of the population and economic activity are or should it be spread out evenly to suburban and rural areas across the state?
Cooper's story features links to the spending plans of a number of states.

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