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  •  Bill Becker had a good piece relating ... (6+ / 0-)

    ...to this issue at Progress:

    To improve the chances the money will be spent quickly and competently, much of it will be delivered through proven government programs that already have their own accountability safeguards.

    But a good track record doesn’t mean a program is equipped to handle a sudden deluge of funds. Some of the programs that stand to gain major new resources are the same programs that were weakened by the Bush Administration or that are accustomed to much smaller sums.

    For example, the House package contains $6.2 billion to weatherize the homes of lower-income families, an excellent objective. But that’s an order of magnitude above what states have recently requested. The National Governors Association (NGA) advocated funding of only $275 million for the federal Weatherization Assistance Program last year.

    [The figure changed to $5 billion after his piece was written.]

    "The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it." -Flannery O'Connor

    by Meteor Blades on Wed Feb 25, 2009 at 09:46:45 PM PST

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