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Morning Cup of Stimulus: Highways, Cops, and More

This is the latest from our new Stimulus blog. Check out our posts, our charts, and more 

Road construction crews work on a project run by the Florida Department of Transportation on Feb. 18, 2009 as part of the state's use of its stimulus funds. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)With the Obama administration focused on transportation projects yesterday, states are hashing out how they'll spend the money. The New York Times has a broad overview. Delaware and Wisconsin released their priority lists. Meanwhile, some in the Badger State are wondering if the stimulus will mean high-speed rail from Madison to Milwaukee

Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton wants more stimulus money to be spent on reducing crime, saying, "You want to be investing in me instead of Wall Street. I get a better rate of return." The bitter New England cold is delaying some of the building in Rhode Island until April.

How to spot a stimulus project? If you miss the red-white-blue-and-green coat of arms, transportation projects will also have a black-and-orange logo that says TIGER. Sorry, Old Nassau, this isn't a shout-out to the First Lady's alma mater. It's an acronym for "Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery."

Tomorrow, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs will hold a hearing called, “Follow the Money: Transparency and Accountability for Recovery and Reinvestment Spending,” where the guest list includes acting comptroller general Gene Dodaro, Agriculture inspector general Phyllis Fong and Robert Nabors, deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget.

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