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R.I. gets high marks for highway stimulus spending (RI)

R.I. gets high marks for highway stimulus spending (RI) - The Providence Journal

12:23 PM Tue, Feb 09, 2010

By, Paul Edward Parker

Rhode Island receives high marks in a national report Tuesday on how states have spent federal stimulus money on highway projects.

A national association of state transportation departments highlights Rhode Island, Nevada, Michigan and Georgia for putting stimulus money to work quickly, creating or preserving jobs in the process.

"The reason why Rhode Island was spotlighted is because we were looking for exemplary states that can be held up as role models," said Tony Dorsey, spokesman for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. "For a number of reasons, Rhode Island did stand out."

The association's report says that nationwide, more than 280,000 jobs on more than 12,250 projects have been paid for under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which became law a year ago this month. The association found that state transportation departments have put out to bid 77 percent of the $34.3 billion in stimulus money available... FULL ARTICLE

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