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Federal stimulus: Show us the money

Now that the $787 billion stimulus has been approved, local officials are hoping for their share

POSTED: March 1, 2009 12:30 a.m.

The two-year, $787 billion federal stimulus bill, called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, was signed in February by President Barack Obama. It provides a mix of federal spending to help create jobs, tax cuts and aid to states. Political posturing continues as details still are filtering down to state governments about how much money they may receive and when.

Some governors can't wait to get the money. Others, like Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, say they'll refuse parts of the package.

Officials in Gainesville and Hall County have some ideas for how they'd likely spend any stimulus funds, but most are waiting with baited breath. They're waiting to find out how much could come our way and what strings may be attached. But Hall County officials have a list of projects ready to go and already have applied for some stimulus funds.

From fixing school roofs to building a new reservoir, here's a look at how officials say federal stimulus dollars could help here.



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