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Get stimulus money

Matt Westerhold • Mar 23, 2010 at 6:28 PM

Get stimulus money

U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur led a meeting of local public officials last week, where the turnout was amazing and Kaptur was direct.

“We have to do an incredible job,” Kaptur told the captive audience, as she reviewed the opportunities and the challenges local officials have to meet to get the biggest share of stimulus money possible.

“The question is how much will Ohio yield, how much will Erie County and Lorain County, and all of Ohio’s counties yield,” Kaptur said.

The answer would be up to the diligence and perseverance local officials put into it, she said.

It’s obvious Kaptur and her staff put a lot of hours in to trying to get the best and most important issues out in front, providing specific instructions in a variety of areas covered by the stimulus bill. And the bureaucratic map to obtain stimulus money has many roadblocks and detours along the way.

I didn’t have much of clue where I could get some cash from the biggest spending bill in the history of the universe, but I’m fairly confident some of those public officials at Kaptur’s meeting have a better shot at it than they did before that meeting.

Here’s hoping.

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