How would you spend $787 billion in government money?
Probably not like this.
Unfortunately, the details of the stimulus package had many states’ hands tied – their funds had to be allotted to certain types of projects, or they wouldn’t get any of it.
On those terms, these states did what any of us would do: they took the money and ran with it.
Yes, any form of stimulus spending helps by creating jobs and injecting money into the economy… but some of these are pretty ridiculous.
Senator Tom Coburn outlined the worst offenders in his report, “100 Stimulus Projects: A Second Opinion;” here are our favourites from his list.
Putting up road signs which explain that construction is being supported by stimulus money: $150,000
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