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Thursday, January 22, 2009

The DOT wish list: low priorities abound

The Union Leader leads its editorial page this morning with comment on yesterday's study of the DOT Wish List for federal stimulus money:

To see the corrupting effect of "free" money from Washington, look no further than the state Department of Transportation's federal bailout wish list. More than 60 percent of the list consists of projects not included in the state's 10-year highway plan, which is the list of the state's top transportation priorities.

In a study released yesterday, Grant Bosse of the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy found that the state could fix all of its red-list bridges -- those in most dire need of repair -- if it gets the entire $535 million in requested bailout funds. Yet the DOT included only two red-list bridges in its bailout wish list.

You can read the FULL REPORT online.

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