Where’s the money?
Want to know what the government is really doing with the $787 billion in the new economic stimulus package?
Turn to www.recovery.gov and start surfing. The newly launched website, run by a team of representatives from various federal agencies, was set up to track the money approved as part of the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act”.
One link takes you to a U.S. map and by moving the mouse and placing the cursor over a state, you can see how many jobs are supposed to be created. Right now the map has an “estimated job effect” for each state but it will be updated as jobs materialize.
Republicans, who have criticized the stimulus measure as “pork laden” and subject to little public review, might want to log on.
In a video introduction President Barack Obama said the recovery.gov site was set up to prove the government could be transparent as it undertakes this massive effort to boost the sagging economy.
“Instead of politicians doling out money behind closed doors, the important decisions about where taxpayer dollars are invested will be yours to scrutinize,” Obama said.
The site currently gives projections for money earmarked for things like “tax relief”, “infrastructure and science”, “health care” and “energy”. Once the money starts to go out the website will give details on how, when and where it was spent.
According to the FAQ, detailed state maps will soon be available on the site to track how much recovery money is going to each community.
“Take a look now. Come back often,” Obama urged in the introductory video. “We’re counting on your participation.”
Want to participate? The site wants you to share your story about how you have been impacted by the economic crisis.