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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Shovel Ready and the issue of accessibility

The Governor and his advisors clearly do not understand what "shovel ready" means.

A shovel ready project should already have had the appropriate reviews carried out, including that for accessibility.

They also don not seem to understand the economic multiplier effect thatg we hope to achieve with stimulus funds. Money paid to analysts to examine whether or not a project meets the accessibility requirements is just as useful in generating demand in the market place as money spent on contractors building or retrofitting buildings.

In addition this is poor economics: doing a project right the first time is much cheaper than doing an upgrade later on.

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