Morning Cup: New Features on Recovery.gov
This is the latest roundup from our stimulus blog.
California has been promised the most stimulus money so far ($13.5 billion) while the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has gotten more money out the door ($12.3 billion) than any other federal agency, according to new data posted on Recovery.gov. The government's Web site for tracking the stimulus added some significant features over the weekend, including a map showing how much money is headed to each state so far and a chart showing agencies' progress. But as USA Today reports, some economists question if the money is moving fast enough. The government has committed about $60 billion, or about $1 billion a day.
The U.S. Department of Education announced Friday that California will receive $4 billion to prevent teacher layoffs and budget cuts. The news comes a few days after the Los Angeles school board approved eliminating the jobs of 5,000 teachers and support staff. Stimulus money also might not prevent layoffs in Birmingham, Ala.
Confusion about stimulus rules and lobbying limits that make it difficult to clear them up could stall the economic recovery, business executives and lobbyists tell The Wall Street Journal.
Tomorrow, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing in Brooklyn to examine the role of state and local governments in implementing the stimulus package.
Project of the day: About 75 workers affected by the closing of the GE Lighting plant in Willoughby, Ohio, will receive $271,000 from the Labor Department for job training.
Officials have struggled to spend the nearly $800 billion stimulus package quickly and effectively.