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Don’t Cry for Arlington County

We growled Wednesday about the $29.3 million in “total funds received, confirmed, or benefitting Arlington” from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) passed earlier this year. According to Mark Hemingway, writing in the Washington Examiner:

“a new analysis (from George Mason University’s Marcatus Center) . . . shows that the funds were distributed without regard for what states were most in need of jobs.”

Hemingway also reported:

“Additionally, Mercatus found that stimulus funds were not disbursed geographically with any special regard for low-income Americans. “We find no correlation between economic indicators and stimulus funding. Preliminary results find no statistically significant effect of unemployment, median income or mean income on stimulus funds allocation,” said the report.

“The Mercatus Center analysis also found that Democratic congressional districts received on average almost double the funding of Republican congressional districts. Republican congressional districts received on average $232 million in stimulus funds while Democratic districts received $439 million on average.”

Why doesn’t any of this surprise us? Politics as usual?

HT The Astute Bloggers


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