Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

Do you want to know what's in the stimulus package?

Here is a breakdown of some of what's in the stimulus, by the numbers:
-- $825 billion total
-- $550 billion in new spending
-- $275 billion in tax relief ($1,000 tax cut for families, $500 tax cut for individuals through SS payroll deductions)
-- $ 90 billion for infrastructure
-- $ 87 billion Medicaid aid to states
-- $ 79 billion school districts/public colleges to prevent cutbacks
-- $ 54 billion to encourage energy production from renewable sources
-- $ 41 billion for additional school funding ($14 billion for school modernizations and repairs, $13 billion for Title I, $13 billion for IDEA special education funding, $1 billion for education technology)
-- $ 24 billion for "health information technology to prevent medical mistakes, provide better care to patients and introduce cost-saving efficiencies" and "to provide for preventative care and to evaluate the most effective healthcare treatments.
-- $ 16 billi

Answer Question

Asked by momtokate at 5:02 PM on Feb. 5, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

Level 1 (0 Credits)
Answers (21)
  • -- $ 16 billion for science/technology ($10 billion for science facilities, research, and instrumentation; $6 billion to expand broadband to rural areas)
    -- $ 15 billion to increase Pell grants by $500
    -- $ 6 billion for the ambiguous "higher education modernization."

    Answer by momtokate at 5:02 PM on Feb. 5, 2009

  • It's up to $920 Billion now

    Answer by NotPanicking at 5:04 PM on Feb. 5, 2009

  • The Senate began debate Monday on an $885 billion stimulus bill. House Democrats passed an $819 billion version last week without a single Republican vote.

    Answer by momtokate at 5:11 PM on Feb. 5, 2009

  • Well I know what the House saw, but not the Senate. I received an email from my Congressman. I sent the appropriations document (pdf that House rec.) if you want it, let me know.
    A majority of this is Appropriations stuff. Not necessarily items that will create long term job stimulation.
    Also, there are over 19,000 "special projects for cities like
    Las Vegas wants $2 million for neon signs. Austin, Texas says it could use $886,000 to build a 36-hole Frisbee golf course. Shreveport, Louisiana has asked for $6 million for three aquatic centers with water slides. And Chula Vista, California wants $500,000 to create a place where dogs can run without a leash.

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 5:14 PM on Feb. 5, 2009

  • Some localities are using a kitchen-sink strategy. "Our approach has been to list everything, because we don't know what the final guidelines will be or what the final dollar amount will be," says Greg MacLean, public-works director in Lincoln, Neb.
    Among entries on Lincoln's list is a $3 million environmentally friendly clubhouse for a municipal golf course. "From a public-perception standpoint, I see how it could be an issue," Mr. MacLean says. But, he says, construction would create 54 jobs.
    The debate about what is appropriate stimulative spending, now raging in Washington, echoes differences over the Works Progress Administration during the Depression. It built 651,000 miles of roads and 24,300 miles of sewer lines, but was sometimes lambasted because it also paid for murals and battlefield monuments. "That's when the word 'boondoggle' first came into use" in its modern sense.

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 5:21 PM on Feb. 5, 2009

  • The mayors' $149 billion project list is just one of many circulating in Washington and state capitals. Massachusetts -- which, like other states, will have a say in distributing the money -- has 4,000 project submissions from 51 towns competing for stimulus money. The San Diego Association of Governments came up with 1,043 possible projects in its region.
    Shreveport, La., has $2.3 billion in projects ready to go. Mayor Cedric Glover's priority is repairing roads, but he's also asking $6 million for three aquatic centers with water slides, which he says would improve quality of life and create construction jobs.
    And he would like the U.S. to buy Shreveport eight new Harley-Davidson motorcycles for its cops. This item would produce little local hiring, he acknowledges, but "Harley-Davidson is a great American company. Orders coming from municipalities like ours to a company like that certainly would be stimulative."


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 5:23 PM on Feb. 5, 2009

  • so states are adding stupid stuff just to see if it gets passed..

    Answer by mrssundin at 5:37 PM on Feb. 5, 2009

  • It's called the "Kitchen Sink" method.

    And Obama has the nerve to say in his editorial that we may NOT survive if the stimulus doesn't pass. wtf???

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 5:42 PM on Feb. 5, 2009

  • Yes, there's lots of stupif stuff in it. Yes, it needs to get passed.

    Answer by momtokate at 6:06 PM on Feb. 5, 2009

  • It needs a big fat NO on the vote. Just a big waste of money and why the country is in such a mess that it is in already. Time to stop spending.

    Answer by tyme4me2day at 6:11 PM on Feb. 5, 2009

Join CafeMom now to contribute your answer and become part of our community. It's free and takes just a minute.