Places hit hardest by job losses are getting the least from federal road money
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An Associated Press review finds that the counties suffering the most from job losses stand to receive the least help from President Barack Obama's stimulus plan.
Although the intent of the money is to put people back to work, the AP's review of more than 5,500 planned transportation projects nationwide reveals that states are planning to spend billions of stimulus dollars in communities where jobless rates are already lower.
For example, Elk County, Pa., isn't receiving any road money despite its 13.8 percent unemployment rate. Yet the military and college community of Riley County, Kan., with its 3.4 percent unemployment, will benefit from about $56 million to build a highway, improve an intersection and restore a historic farmhouse.
Altogether, the government is set to spend 50 percent more per person in areas with the lowest unemployment than it will in communities with the highest.