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State Legislators Trying to Make Sense of Stimulus

State Sen. Vi Simpson (D-40th) said she is trying to clear up confusion about the
federal stimulus package.

Speaking on WFIU’s “Noon Edition,” Simpson said it is important to note there is no person or branch of government designated to distribute the money.

“There are about two-hundred separate pots of money and many different committees of
Congress created these different pots and there are different strings attached to each
one,” Simpson said.

She also said some of the pots of money have deadlines for their distribution, while others
have specific purposes. Still more, she said, have no designation at all.  It is now
the job of the legislature to work within those Federal guidelines, said Simpson.

“What we’re trying to do now is trying to figure out each pot of money and what are the
strings attached and how can we use that money within the parameters we’ve all set for
ourselves,” she said.

Even though Indiana will receive around $5 Billion of the Federal Stimulus
Package, Simpson warns it is one-time money and cannot be used to supplement ongoing
expenditures.  Rather, Simpson said she would like to see the money spent on small businesses
and job creation.

Arianna Prothero

Arianna Prothero started at WFIU as a reporter in May of 2008. She is now the Interim Assistant Radio News Director and, along with her reporting duties, produces WFIU’s Noon Edition and anchors All Things Considered on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Arianna holds her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in Political Science with a minor in Russian and Eastern European Studies.

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