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State government has spent half-billion in stimulus dough so far

Post by John Henrikson / The News Tribune on Oct. 26, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
October 26, 2009 5:11 pm

We expect hard numbers on how the stimulus is working – dollars spent, local projects, jobs created – on Friday, when the feds post the first quarterly accounting. In the meantime, here’s a preliminary Associated Press report from a press briefing this morning in Olympia.

Officials say about half a billion dollars in federal stimulus money has been spent so far by the state government.

On Monday, state officials discussed some of the preliminary numbers submitted to the federal government earlier this month to help track stimulus spending. Final numbers won’t be available until Friday, when the federal government reports a major batch of stimulus data.

More than $2 billion has been awarded to state agencies, with more than half a billion spent to date on things like repaving roads, emergency food assistance, and clean water projects. Nearly $2 billion more has been awarded for cleanup at south-central Washington’s Hanford nuclear reservation. Local governments, tribes, and others are splitting an estimated additional $2 billion.

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