MSNBC - Stimulus Money's Effect on Tri-Cities Washington

Living with a toxic waste site in your backyard has its advantages. For a place like Benton County this means more stimulus money. Benton county received $2 billion in stimulus money while Elkhart county in Indiana only received $49 million. These two counties are very similar to each other, their populations are with 30,000 of the other, they are both dependent on single sectors; Hanford in Benton county and RV manufacturing in Elkhart. Cost of living are similar in both places, they both are more than 90% white and tend to vote republican. So why is there such a huge discrepancy between the stimulus money each received? Well, Benton county had plenty of "shovel ready" projects while Elkhart was dependent on RV manufacturing which has taken a huge hit in this economy.

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1 Response to "MSNBC - Stimulus Money's Effect on Tri-Cities Washington"

Ashlee wrote: You would think both areas would get the same. Guess the govt. is being biased now!

Posted on Sunday, November 29th, 2009 at 3:54pm.