Big Stimulus is Watching You
Today's roundup of stimulus coverage:
Good Jobs First, a nonprofit group watching the stimulus, released a report on Wednesday rating every state's stimulus Web site. While some states were deemed impressive, "most are failing to make effective use of online technology to educate taxpayers about the impact of economic stimulus spending," the group reported. The state with the best Web site? Maryland. The worst? Illinois. The group recommends that states provide a map of projects, identify contractors and list how many jobs each project created.
While many groups are watching the stimulus, in some cases, the stimulus will be watching you. The Department of Homeland Security announced $78 million in transit security grants. The money will be used to fund anti-terrorism teams, including undercover officers and bomb-sniffing dogs working on trains and subways.
Around the White House, Vice President Joe Biden has earned the nickname "the sheriff" for his role as stimulus overseer. But this Sheriff Joe's apparently shown no love to the other Sheriff Joe. Joe Arpaio--the controversial sheriff in Maricopa County, Ariz., famous for immigration raids and making inmates wear pink underwear--complains that his department has been shut out of the stimulus. The department didn't get a share of the Justice Department money to hire new officers. Nor did it get any stimulus money to fight drug traffickers along the border.
Officials have struggled to spend the nearly $800 billion stimulus package quickly and effectively.