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city/state projects taking advantage of stimulus?

Have you realized that government projects are suddenly 'out of money' and can't finish the project that they began year(s) ago? Do you think they are doing this to get money from this stimulus package? people/towns getting greedy?

Locally, my town is restoring a historic building. This project started about 3 years ago. Obviously, they planned and put a budget in place back then. Small overages are expected (to be expected with government construction). However, since this bill was signed, they have closed up shop and are crying broke! The drama about the lack of finances has been smeared all over the Sunday paper. I have to think this is because the town sees green on the horizon.

anyone else seeing this in their area. I've already started with the local phone calls to officials. (Our property taxes keep going up, so where is this money going?)

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Asked by thundernlight at 9:53 AM on Feb. 18, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Yep! The stimulus is pretty much looking like "payday" for many of these infrastructure projects. The money that was put aside/allotted, has suddenly starting lining politicians and contractors pockets, resulting in the need for more money.

    Same story, different day.

    Answer by LoriKeet at 9:57 AM on Feb. 18, 2009

  • Our state Gov.Palin and state legislators are going to decide who will get the money.I don't see any kind of panic .


    Answer by Anonymous at 10:00 AM on Feb. 18, 2009

  • hope your gov palin don't use it to pay her back taxes...

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:01 AM on Feb. 18, 2009

  • Government Contractors are not stupid. They know how to milk the system and get more money to pay for sub par work. They will continue to produce subpar work in order to keep the money coming in.

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 10:04 AM on Feb. 18, 2009

  • Anon, it's back taxes over a NEW ruling in regards to per diem which previously was not taxed. She is paying back taxes based on a NEW clearer ruling. NOW, if she doesn't pay it for another 3-5 years when a better jobs comes along, (Geithtner, Daschle, etc..) THEN you can bitch with justification.

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 10:07 AM on Feb. 18, 2009

  • grlygrlz
    you need to educate yourself more about Alaska.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:12 AM on Feb. 18, 2009

  • Please, explain what I need to know about Alaska?
    She didn't pay tax on per diem for her family to travel. I have seen on the news it is a tax bill of roughly $6,000. As military, we don't pay tax on per diem. Will this ruling change the military? I doubt it. SHould it change the way politicians spend? Yes. The ruling on per diem has recently been clarified and there are several other governmental officials that will be receiving revised income statements. In Alaska and other states. I am glad they clarified it. I am pretty sure Palin will pay it. But if she doesn't, then she is just as shabby as Daschle and Geithtner. :)

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 10:21 AM on Feb. 18, 2009

  • This is just ONE example of politicians and contractors taking advantage of seemingly endless amounts of funding...only to end up with an obsolete and poorly constructed system with literally THOUSANDS of leaks, and of course the tunnel roof collapse a couple of years ago that killed one woman!

    The Big Dig (Boston)

    "When construction began, the project cost, including the Charles River crossing, was estimated at $5.8 billion. Eventual cost overruns were so high that the chairman of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority, James Kerasiotes, was fired in 2000. His replacement had to commit to an $8.55 billion cap on federal contributions. Total expenses eventually passed $15 billion. Interest brought this cost to $21.93 billion."


    Answer by LoriKeet at 10:21 AM on Feb. 18, 2009

  • Palin's per diem spending is about the time she spends her Wasilla home. She will ask money from state time spent in her own home. Why can's she just live in Capital City of Alaska ? There is no other Gov. in Alaska's history who spends state money like that.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:28 AM on Feb. 18, 2009

  • The rules are NOWclarified. Under a new determination by state officials, NOW they are. She has still spent LESS overall than the Gov before her. IF SHE DOESN'T pay~ then she is justified in criticism and belongs in the shabby circle of Daschle, Geithtner, etc..
    But this has NOTHING to do with cities/states getting a bailout. Do you really think she will use it to pay her back taxes? lol

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 10:36 AM on Feb. 18, 2009

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