Tales from the Trail

Road signs for stimulus

Have you seen these signs?
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They’re at the center of a running debate that flared up Wednesday on Capitol Hill.

The roadside signs are meant to show Americans construction projects funded by economic stimulus money, the Obama administration says.

But some Republican lawmakers have long argued that funds spent on the stimulus signs are a waste of taxpayers’ money and are politically motivated.

ABC News did some investigating to find out more about the roadside signs and included some interesting highlights (or low lights depending on your perspective) in a report that aired today.

ABC reports Illinois has spent $650,000 on about 950 signs. It also found a very pricey one planted near Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Virginia. (The airport is run by the independent Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, not Virginia, which ABC says does not sanction any stimulus signs). Read the full story here.”

Obama swipes at ribbon-cutting Republicans — again

President Barack Obama apparently believes he’s found the right formula for chiding Republicans who opposed the $787 billion economic stimulus — because he used it again. OBAMA/

On the one-year anniversary of signing the Recovery Act, Obama acknowledged the controversy that the measure continues to generate.

“And part of that is because there are those, let’s face it, across the aisle who have tried to score political points by attacking what we did, even as many of them show up at ribbon-cutting ceremonies for projects in their districts,” Obama said.