Opinion

How should R.I. use federal stimulus aid?

Transportation infrastructure 35% | 49 votes
Information technology infrastructure 10% | 14 votes
Green energy projects 20% | 28 votes
Business tax cuts 18% | 25 votes
Balancing the state budget or restoring spending cuts 17% | 23 votes

By PBN Staff
Posted 2/5/09

As Congress continues to debate the nearly $1 trillion stimulus bill – the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 – many economists and political leaders agree on the general size of the package, but serious difference remain over how the money should be spent.

Some contend that all the money should be directed at projects and incentives that will have an impact within the next 18 months.

Others argue that any stimulus package should have both immediate and long-term effects, since, they say, many of the problems the recession is exposing have nothing to do with the business cycle, but are structural in nature.

How should Rhode Island be spending the money that comes its way from the federal stimulus package?

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Projects and incentives that will have an impact within the next 18 months.

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