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  •  Heard last night on Ed (8+ / 0-)

    that state governments are using it to pay debts, not to create jobs.

    They may be saving some jobs within state government, but they're definitely not making new ones.

    Time for some head-banging, I guess.

    "No man is my enemy, my own hands imprison me, love rescue me." -- Love Rescue Me/U2

    by winterbanyan on Thu Jul 09, 2009 at 05:34:06 AM PDT

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    •  Nebraska (7+ / 0-)

      is in the top four states least affected by the economic woes, with unemployment at only 4%.  Our Republican Governor and mostly Republican legislature has earmarked the majority of funds for roads.  Nevermind schools, civil services...

      •  Yes, transportation departments have a (5+ / 0-)

        long-standing practice of preparing detailed work plans and generally have something on the shelf ready to go to bid for private contractors to carry out.

        Whenever private construction slows, the industry looks to the public sector--just as in the winter people with back-hoes and frontloaders in the snow belt, put on a plow blade and work for county or town.

        How do you tell a predator from a protector? The predator will eat you sooner rather than later.

        by hannah on Thu Jul 09, 2009 at 06:30:53 AM PDT

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    •  My sister-in-laws social service agency (8+ / 0-)

      that worked with mentally diabled adults was completely shut down on July 1. Who is going to provide services now?
      We definitely need the stimulus money to put our teachers back to work and fix our many crumbling bridges and road as well as provide for the increased need for social services. So I,too,would like to know why I'm not seeing the stimulus money at work. Perhaps it's all being spent in Boston. They seem to think western MA is another state :)

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