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Tracking stimulus dollars

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WASHINGTON--  It's sucking up stimulus dollars.  Work at Hanford is helping Benton County get the most government funding in the state--more than $2 billion scheduled in contracts to flow through our region. 

It's news the Governor says helped save us during a time of economic disaster.

She says "without this funding, more people would be out of work. The unemployed would be in a worse position than they are now. The Recovery Act kept our state from falling off the ledge by providing vitally important transportation, environmental and other community improvements."

But the praise doesn't travel far.  Congressman Hastings has been critical of the stimulus bill, which he voted against.  He says, "for the past year Democrats have been touting the stimulus spending bill as the solution to what ails our economy. Well the results are in, and after spending nearly a trillion in taxpayer dollars more than three million Americans have lost their jobs, and our nation is facing a record trillion dollar deficit."