$20 million spent on Stimulas Signs

Posted on July 15, 2010

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As midterm elections approach, new road signs are popping up in many states. Millions of dollars worth of signs promoting the, The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, attemping to remind those passing by that the program is Putting America Back to Work.

On the road to Dulles Airport outside Washington, DC, you can read a 10′ x 11′ road sign informing you about a runway improvement project which is being funded by the federal stimulus money.. The project cost nearly $15 million and has added 17 jobs, according to recovery.gov.

However, there is another number that caught the eye of one reporter: $10,000. That is how much the Washington Airports Authority told this particular reporter it spent to install the sign, one sign. The sign says that the project is Funded by The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, and is Putting America Back to Work. The money for the sign was taken out of the budget for the runway improvement project.

A large news outlet, has asked a number of states about their spending on stimulus signs and have found that Illinois spent $650,000 putting up 950 signs. The state of Pennsylvania has spent $157,000 on signs. It was also found that some states, like Virginia, Vermont, and Arizona do not sanction any signs.

As midterm elections approach, new road signs are popping up in many states. Millions of dollars worth of signs promoting the, The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, attemping to remind those passing by that the program is Putting America Back to Work.

On the road to Dulles Airport outside Washington, DC, you can read a 10′ x 11′ road sign informing you about a runway improvement project which is being funded by the federal stimulus money.. The project cost nearly $15 million and has added 17 jobs, according to recovery.gov.

However, there is another number that caught the eye of one reporter: $10,000. That is how much the Washington Airports Authority told this particular reporter it spent to install the sign, one sign. The sign says that the project is Funded by The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, and is Putting America Back to Work. The money for the sign was taken out of the budget for the runway improvement project.

A large news outlet, has asked a number of states about their spending on stimulus signs and have found that Illinois spent $650,000 on around 950 signs. The state of Pennsylvania has spent $157,000 on signs. It was also found that some states, like Virginia, Vermont, and Arizona do not sanction any signs.

You can read full and original story: By JONATHAN KARL and GREGORY SIMMONS at http://abcnews.go.com
July 14, 2010
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