Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Big NYT headline: Stimulus funds for transportation flow to rural areas, cities lose out

Here's the link. Here's the lede:

Two-thirds of the country lives in large metropolitan areas, home to the nation’s worst traffic jams and some of its oldest roads and bridges. But cities and their surrounding regions are getting far less than two-thirds of federal transportation stimulus money.

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Now that all 50 states have beat a June 30 deadline by winning approval for projects that will use more than half of that transportation money, worth $16.4 billion, it is clear that the stimulus program will continue that pattern of spending disproportionately on rural areas.
The rest of the story is well worth a read. Brookings Institution experts take their usual stance, promoting Miracle Mets ....

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