07
Aug
09

stimulus money for infrastructure

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I looked at the highway funding apportioned to the states from the stimulus bill (American recovery and reinvestment act of 2009). Many states got a percentage of the money that is roughly equal to the states portion of the United States’ population.

However, Alaska, Delaware, Wyoming and North Dakota got roughly three times more in terms of percentage of the stimulus money than their percentage of the population. This is of course because these states have no people in them, but it’s just a small example of wasted dollars. The stimulus money that went to these states should have gone to states where we actually need newer and better roads. As this map reveals, none of these states have a lot major roadways. I mean, maybe Wyoming is an exception since it has I-25 and whatever the east west highway is that goes through its southern part.

I mean, one could argue that the stimulus wasn’t designed to make our infrastructure better in the most efficient way, but to create jobs in all 50 staes, but even this argument doesn’t really make too much sense. why create an overabundance of jobs in Alaska or North Dakota? Again, a simple 1:1 ration of percentage of population and percentage of stimulus money received would create an equal amount of job creation (as percentage of the state’s unemployment rate) in each state.

money percent money percent U.S. Pop ratio between percent of money and percent of population
Alabama 513 1.87 1.57 1.19
Alaska 175 0.64 0.22 2.89
Arizona 521 1.89 1.86 1.02
Arkansas 351 1.28 0.95 1.34
California 2569 9.34 12.11 0.77
Colorado 403 1.47 1.55 0.95
Connecticut 302 1.1 1.2 0.92
DC 121 0.44 0.28 1.57
Delaware 123 0.45 0.2 2.24
Florida 1346 4.89 5.76 0.85
Georgia 931 3.39 2.94 1.15
Hawaii 125 0.45 0.43 1.06
Idaho 181 0.66 0.46 1.43
Illinois 935 3.4 4.38 0.78
Indiana 657 2.39 2.15 1.11
Iowa 358 1.3 1.03 1.26
Kansas 347 1.26 0.95 1.33
Kentucky 421 1.53 1.43 1.07
Louisiana 429 1.56 1.57 0.99
Maine 130 0.47 0.45 1.05
Maryland 431 1.57 1.89 0.83
Massachusetts 437 1.59 2.24 0.71
Michigan 847 3.08 3.51 0.88
Minnesota 502 1.83 1.75 1.04
Mississippi 354 1.29 1 1.29
Missouri 637 2.32 1.98 1.17
Montana 211 0.77 0.32 2.4
Nebraska 235 0.85 0.6 1.42
Nevada 201 0.73 0.74 0.99
New Hampshire 129 0.47 0.44 1.07
New Jersey 651 2.37 2.98 0.79
New Mexico 252 0.92 0.64 1.43
New York 1120 4.07 6.68 0.61
North Carolina 735 2.67 2.87 0.93
North Dakota 170 0.62 0.22 2.81
Ohio 935 3.4 3.99 0.85
Oklahoma 464 1.69 1.21 1.39
Oregon 333 1.21 1.22 0.99
Pennsylvania 1026 3.73 4.31 0.87
Rhode Island 137 0.5 0.37 1.35
South Carolina 463 1.68 1.43 1.18
South Dakota 183 0.67 0.27 2.46
Tennessee 572 2.08 2.02 1.03
Texas 2250 8.18 7.49 1.09
Utah 213 0.77 0.8 0.97
Vermont 125 0.45 0.22 2.07
Virginia 694 2.52 2.52 1
Washington 492 1.79 2.1 0.85
West Virginia 210 0.76 0.63 1.21
Wisconsin 529 1.92 1.9 1.01
Wyoming 157 0.57 0.17 3.36
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