Morning Cup of Stimulus: Scams and Maps
A Senate hearing on stimulus oversight is getting under way this morning on Capitol Hill. A link to the webcast will be posted here. The Federal Trade Commission is warning consumers about stimulus scams. Colorado, Rhode Island and South Carolina released their lists of highway and bridge projects.
Meanwhile, Building America's Future, a coalition of state and local officials seeking infrastructure improvements, has created a Web site to keep track of such projects. Its main feature so far is a map that links to state news releases. Speaking of maps, several states have posted their own showing which bridges and stretches of road will be repaired. Check out Maryland, Rhode Island and South Carolina.
Some Texas projects may be denied for not giving preference to economically distressed areas, according to the chairman of the House Transporation and Infrastructure Committee, Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn. Project of the day: Fort Custer, the Michigan National Guard's training facility in Augusta, Mich., will get $2.25 million for water, sewer and electrical upgrades.
Officials have struggled to spend the nearly $800 billion stimulus package quickly and effectively.