- A billion dollars for more police. No, my East side friends, that won't all be spent on cops for your side of the city no matter how much you wish it. However it should mean more for all our communities. President Obama wants to restore the community oriented policing that President Bush cut so that he could fund...I don't know, tax cuts for rich folks maybe? Anyway, I would imagine that by whatever formula is used to divide the money, Youngstown, Warren and the rest of this area should get a few more cops on the street.
- Buy American steel and iron. Our local congressman should get a tip of the hat (and probably more than a few steel worker votes) for the inclusion of this provision. It states that:
None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may beThe next time somebody is bashing Congressman Tim Ryan you can tell them he protected steel worker's jobs in the Valley. I know that's what he is supposed to do but a surprising number of politicians say one thing before election day and then do something different after. I know, I too was shocked to find out this could happen. Still, good on our guy for looking out for the Valley.
used for a project for the construction, alteration, maintenance, or repair of a
public building or public work unless all of the iron and steel used in the
project is produced in the United States.
- No Money for Rod Blagojevich- Seriously! Out of 300 million Americans this is the one guy mentioned by name who is not allowed to get his hands on stimulus money if he were still Governor of Illinois. I guess that's what happens when you treat the President's ex-Senate seat like it's a Picasso you found in the attic.
- Contract visibility on the internet- If you use the this money on a project you have to post the contract on the internet and provide a link to it at Recovery.gov. Bloggers and tin foil hat wearing conspiracy followers are having their job made easy for them. In 7 years we've gone from no bid contracts to Haliburton to a law demanding contracts be posted where anyone can see them.
- Inspector General reviews- This law demands the inspector general of any Federal agency review concerns raised by the public for projects using these funds. There are Bush White House staffers who probably didn't realize they were accountable to the public so this provision must be quite a shock for them.
There's also some other stuff about fixing roads, bridges and the electrical grid but if these posts go on too long I get glassy eyed and you get bored. However, if you want to read the rest and see how we are going to spend the better part of a trillion dollars you can click here.Oh, and you should probably send an email to Senator Voinovich encouraging him to vote for this bill. The House Republicans decided the economy was just fine and voted on party lines against this. George Voinovich isn't running for re-election so he is free to vote for what's best for Ohio.