Stimulus wish lists are in

by Policy in Practice on March 13, 2009

The Enquirer reports:

$2.4 billion of the $8.2 billion headed to Ohio will be left for local requests after Gov. Ted Strickland uses about $5.8 billion in the next state budget, according to the governor’s office.

States have begun the convoluted process of doling out stimulus dollars.

President Barack Obama is releasing the money in chunks, outlining spending guidelines.

In Ohio, state lawmakers and the governor have agreed to divvy up the money through state agencies such as the Department of Transportation.

“We’ve got a challenge,” said ODOT spokesman Scott Varner. “We are getting about $744 million, and we’re looking at $8 billion in requests.”

And that is just one Ohio agency.

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