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Friday, January 2, 2009

Budget Crises

Where is the Congress when we need it (In Budget crises, California
and other states reluctantly halt road projects, New York Times,
December 23, 2008: A16)?

Everyone agrees that the coming stimulus package will involve money
for the States for infrastructure investment. Why isn't it already on
the way? Delaying projects involves extra expenses in winding them
down and restarting them.

States also have other expenses: aid to towns and cities, human
services, education and policing. These are all in jeopardy.

Congress should reconvene immediately and pass a bill that gives each
State about 20% of its fiscal 2007 budget. That will get the
stimulus package off to a good start.

Sent to the New York Times

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