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Daniels: Stimulus money spending to be controlled

Friday, March 27, 2009

Gov. Mitch Daniels discusses KIHM Metal Technologies, Inc., announcement of expansion. Jason Moon Photo.
In the middle of what many have deemed an "economic crisis," Gov. Mitch Daniels said the state is doing everything it can to continue surging forward.

On Friday, Daniels visited KIHM Metal Technologies, Inc., to make an announcement the company has made plans to expand its current business setting in the next few years, adding several new jobs and a possible second shift.

But even with states nationwide receiving recent stimulus money, Daniels said money will be used wisely.

"We'll keep the spending under control," Daniels told The Brazil Times. "We're moving faster than any state that I know of."

Daniels said several items are in the works to help create more jobs for state residents.

He said a project is in place to help improve state roads as well as weatherizing homes, among other items.

"We will use this money as aggressively as we can," Daniels said. "But the first thing folks should know is not much of the (stimulus money) is going to communities."

Daniels said at least one-third of the stimulus money is designated for education and another "big piece" to road projects.

"There is no big pot," he said. "Our hands are tied."

Still, he said plans have been put in place to attempt to create jobs, adding the state will "put people to work."

Daniels hinted at another announcement, which could come as early as next week, for younger people looking for "healthy outdoor work," primarily in rural areas.

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That is very good for them to do that

-- Posted by AmayaTsuki on Sat, Mar 28, 2009, at 7:34 AM

From the Invest.IN.gov website the breakdown of the Federal Economic Stimulus package money for the State of Indiana is that $440 million dollars goes to INDOT, $198 goes to "local agencies", and $20 million goes to "transportation enhancements" which are trails and sidewalks. The distribution of the money targeted for "local agencies" is planned to adhere to the following, "The $198 million local agency distribution -- specific dollar amounts that have not yet been determined -- will be divided among the 14 Metropolitan Planning Organizations in Indiana, Group III cities (populations between 5,000 and 50,000), Group IV cities (populations under 5,000), and local bridge projects."

According to what I heard from the County Commissioners and our State representation at the last Cracker-Barrel, Clay County is not going to get very much, according to the State plan as it is. One of the County Commissioners stated that projects put forward were being disqualified, by INDOT, as fast as they were submitted. Our State representatives are trying to change the plan.

In education, Indiana expects to receive $1.3 billion dollars, with distribution controlled by the Indiana Department of Education. According to the INDOE, distribution will be in accordance with existing formulas for Federal programs with the small remainder going to competitive grants. Clay Community Schools will receive some Title 1 money and some of the other programs that we qualify for will receive additional funding. This is one-time funding, so we cannot expect it to be used to make changes such as hiring teachers that will raise our recurring expenses.

All in all, the stimulus package is going to build infrastructure to support future commerce and education, it is not, in itself, going to provide long-term employment. It was not designed to do that.

I have a feeling that the "healthy outdoor work" mentioned by Governor Daniels is going to involve picks and shovels or related tools..............LOL!

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Sun, Mar 29, 2009, at 11:20 AM

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