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Stimulating Science: Following the Recovery Money

One year ago, Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law, which handed out billions of dollars for science, health, energy and other research. How is that money being spent?

  • February 17, 2010

Will broadband investment in stimulus package work without tax credits?

Senate and House negotiators reportedly stripped out billions of dollars in tax cuts for big telcos, including Verizon Communications, Inc., and AT&T, from the compromise $789-billion stimulus package that were included in the Senate version to spur expansion of broadband coverage into rural areas.

February 12, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier

Should we spend stimulus money keeping Florida cool?

With $5 billion in stimulus money going to weatherize homes, The New York Times is asking how much of that is pork.

Since the 1970s, the federal government has provided funding to help low-income residents keep heating bills down by plugging holes and beefing up insulation.  The winterizing program makes both economic and ecological sense, considering that heating an average house costs $1,188 per year and, nationwide, heating sends 358 million metric tons of climate-warming carbon dioxide gas into the atmosphere.

June 8, 2009 — Brendan Borrell