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Infrastructure Spending Shafts the States That Need It

Posted on Feb 17, 2009
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ProPublica did some digging into the infrastructure spending bundled into the stimulus package—the $100 billion that promises have the biggest impact in terms of job creation—and found that Wyoming is getting more than $20,100 per unemployed worker while Michigan, a state on the verge of a labor apocalypse, is expected to have to make do with just $2,434.37.

Of course we’re talking about “need” in terms of job creation, not infrastructure deficiencies. For all we know, Wyoming has a pothole the size of Vermont.

Vermont, by the way, is getting three times as much per unemployed worker as California.

Click here to see a handy breakdown of each state’s unemployment rate and slice of the infrastructure spending pie.

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By Matzpen, November 12, 2010 at 5:45 pm Link to this comment
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If our nation’s economic priorities don’t shift soon to invest more in our crumbling infrastructure, then relying on the current water system, bridges, and tunnels, will be akin to bungee jumping into a field of broken glass

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By Leefeller, February 18, 2009 at 12:29 pm Link to this comment

If the funding was distributed relative to the direct proportion of job losses, it would be labeled socialism. Giving for the many; inferred lazy slackers; paid for by the taking from hard working few. We know socialism leads to Communism, we have been told this by the Capitalists.  Look at Canada and Sweden for crises sakes, their medical systems suck compared to our smooth running hard working; in the shorts of politicians; insurance companies.

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By Purple Girl, February 18, 2009 at 9:53 am Link to this comment

Let’s see WY has more Repugs per capita than MI- who divided up this?
but hey after 3 decades of economic starvation, we’ve gotten used it it here in MI. You realize it has more to do with the fact we are the Union heartland and Stronghold, more than just being a Blue state. It’s not just Repugs who have been working their asses off to destroy the labor movement, they have plenty of Blue Lap Dogs within their ranks. Ya think we haven’t noticed that some of our own Dems have gladly taken union votes and campaign contributions, then made back room deals with the Big 3 CEO’s?
did you Know that many MI’er Hate the Big 3. what would you expect from those they used like whores and disgarded once they had achieved Multinational status.The white collars didn’t build Our auto industry, The White Shirts did.The group of auto worker who participated in the Sit in. Our Parents, our Grandparents. Just met one the other day at a Democratic Caucus meeting- he’s about 85 now. a Dying breed of those who struggled and fought for the rights of ALL American Workers.“Fair days pay, for a Fair days work”, health benefits, retirement security and safe working condition. If it had not been for them, we’d ALL be Sweatshop laborers. A Middle Class would never have existed in this country.
did the Unions get fat and full of graft- yes. But these transgressions paled in comparison to what benefits they provided for all workers. They set a standard, built a solid floor beneath US all.They made it possible- typical- to ask when interviewing for any job, ‘Is there medical/dental Insurance, a 401K, vacation and Holiday pay,Overtime compensation?’. And they made it a reality that most american employers were obliged and Able to responded ‘yes’ to most if not all of the above. They built the wealth of the Mass middle class which afford these corps the customer base to be able to provide these incentives to prespective employees.Are you now seeing how the Union haters are creating a ‘snake eating it’s own tail’ scenario? They will not only destroy the middle class, but inturn the economy which feeds their Corps and the upper class.Why hasn’t the Big 3 CEO’s gone to any 3rd World country for assistance- because they have no wealth among the masses, thus no tax base able to afford such gifts.It’s not that we are swimming in liquity Now, but we have the potential to re generate it, IF we have a middle class.
so if you are one who blames the Unions for all our nations woes, be prepared you’re next on the global Auction/chopping block.

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By purplewolf, February 18, 2009 at 9:53 am Link to this comment

Gee, isn’t that Cheney’s state of origin? And Wyoming is supposed to have only half a million people in it and is always coming to my home state of Michigan to look for people to work in their state as they do not have enough people to fill all the jobs they have there now? Yep. While Michigan went down the drain long ago certain states did more than thrive.

BTW, Wyoming, should not even have any unemployed workers at all in their state. There are an excess of jobs there, that is what reps from the companies who keep coming to my state say, so no one should be collecting unemployment. They have even been in my local newspaper with the Wyoming’s job searches. Something is rotten down there. Maybe it should be looked into before we throw more money at them.

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By Ed Hovey, February 18, 2009 at 9:43 am Link to this comment
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Seems somewhat proportional to size of state. I have no problem with that.

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By godistwaddle, February 18, 2009 at 9:22 am Link to this comment

As long as we allow Wyoming, North and South Dakota and other such places to have two senators each, we may expect that the majority of United Statesians will pay the big bucks to redneck rubes in their trailer parks.

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By dihey, February 18, 2009 at 7:06 am Link to this comment

When TARP 1 was enacted I commented that it would become the greatest sham in the history of our country, dwarfing the “Teapot Dome” scandal. That has come true.

There is no doubt in my mind that TARP 2 may dwarf TARP 1 unless some banks are taken over by our Government. I am doubtful that it will do much good in the long run but it is logical and sane in the short run. If these banks will not or cannot tell us what they did with the TARP 1 moneys, a takeover will open their books and reveal the sordid truth. Just today a criminal bank in Houston has been closed on the order of a judge in Dallas. Its CEO is basking in the sun on some Caribbean island which made him a Sir. Good beginning! Now close all other criminal banks.

Meanwhile a “propaganda presidency” is being crafted. It has the looks of an awe-inspiring machine, like “machine politics” in Chicago. Its intentions are to throw sand into the eyes of the American people. Who cares whether a single new Recreational Vehicle will be built in the next ten years? That is ridiculous.

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By Jay-Bob Lorzell, February 18, 2009 at 6:42 am Link to this comment
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Does anyone realize that Dead-eye Tricky Dick Cheney hails from the great state of Wyoming?

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By Leefeller, February 17, 2009 at 5:07 pm Link to this comment

Wyoming wouldn’t take the money if they did not need it, integrity would not allow it. Do all three voters in Wyoming share senate seats? Bail out CEO’s should be screaming about this abuse of money, that’s right they have been stimulated.

This is just in time for California, my home state, 20,000 state employees are slated to be laid off, they will need to buy shopping carts. It is going to get crowded under those bridges.

Doest it seem to be getting worse, or am I just a cynic?

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