Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Stimulus in Utah

Salt Lake Tribune:

Families in need

Nearly $90 million will bolster the food-stamp program, helping feed more than 70,000 Utah households. More than $570,000 will preserve Meals on Wheels programs at senior centers, which faced state cuts. More than $8.4 million will help battle homelessness, and nearly $500,000 will provide emergency food and shelter to needy Utahns. Child care and development block grants got a $22-million-plus boost.

Medicaid

The first installment, $53 million, of $300-million-plus coming to the state helped preserve coverage for more than 25,000 elderly, disabled and pregnant Utahns.

Energy

The state will receive more than $73 million for weatherization and energy efficiency -- nearly $38 million for the Weatherization Assistance Program and $35-million-plus for the State Energy Program.

Water

With an assist from Sen. Bob Bennett, $50 million in stimulus cash will flow to the Central Utah Water Conservancy District, the bulk of it to help pay for a pipeline that will funnel water through Spanish Fork Canyon to Utah and Salt Lake counties.

Tragic, isn't it? And me fresh out of tea bags! Our brave legislative leaders just simply couldn't do any more to turn down this awful, awful money they (ka-ching!) needed to fill in a gigantic budget hole. They fought the good fight, but there just wasn't enough cognitive dissonance to keep it up.

Even self defeating ideology and empty rhetoric has it's limits, huh?



UPDATE: A nice "overview" of the stimulus in Utah by Todd @ UDP.

1 comment:

  1. I don't think it's that bad... I'm not really into so much spending either, but if there are results (and please, let me know if there are, just in case) then good for the people.

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