Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Obama recovery funds in Idaho

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 2009 at 11:10 AM

677e/1243444972-recovery.jpgThe Obama Administration released a report on the first 100 days of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act today. The report claims that 150,000 jobs have already been created across the nation.

But only one Idaho project is mentioned in the document.

91. Recovery Act funding will enable the Epilepsy Foundation of Idaho to keep running, and help clients find jobs. “The Epilepsy Foundation of Idaho has found its second life thanks to the federal stimulus money. After losing its state funding during the recently completed legislative session, the foundation had faced the prospects of closing its Idaho Falls office and cutting services to the 15,000 Idahoans with epilepsy..." On May 8, [foundation director Marcia L. Karakas] learned her nonprofit organization received a $115,000 one-time grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The foundation works with nearly 2,000 people with epilepsy. Its goal is to ensure people who have seizures are able to participate in all life experiences, including working. [Idaho Falls Post Register, 5/20/09]

We asked Mayor Dave last week at his Boise Young Professionals talk what federal stimulus monies had been spent by the city already and the answer was not totally clear. First he ordered another beer from the bar at the Basque Center. Then he spoke about lots of stuff that has been promised—road resurfacing, a footbridge between Garden City and Boise, sidewalks for the eastside of downtown and $2 million for energy efficiency block grants.

But we want to know: where is the cash. Show us the money. Recovery.org is trying to accomplish this, but it's still not clear when it gets spent. Recovery.gov now has info up for whistle blowers, but no contact info for check writers.

Maybe we're still thinking we got some ARRA funds ... Arrrr

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