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TRAFFIC: What happened to funding shovel-ready projects?

Letter by F. Keith Brown, Puyallup on July 6, 2010 at 2:22 pm | 11 Comments »
July 7, 2010 4:49 pm

Reporter Brent Champaco details several of the locations in which access/egress from Joint Base Lewis McChord can be made more efficient through road construction projects. He reports, “But the bulk of the project (i.e. cross-base link) remains unfunded. Local legislators were thwarted trying to get $1.5 million in last year’s state transportation budget.”

Unfunded? Yet over half of the so-called federal “stimulus” fund has yet to be allocated. Why or under what circumstances was Washington’s application – assuming our state made one – disallowed or disqualified from federal so-called Obama stimulus funds?

How have our state’s federal representatives been involved in any application or petition?

In all the publicity to which we citizens were lavished during president Obama’s rhetoric on how the spending of nearly $900 billion was going to “stimulate” by spending for “shovel ready” construction, we need to be informed regarding whether any of these projects – in particular, the cross-base link –, were considered for such “stimulus” funds? And if not, why not?

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