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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

New Hampshire isn't feeling stimulated

A new study shows New Hampshire near the bottom in per person aid from the federal stimulus bill. Kevin Landrigan writes in the Nashua Telegraph that the Granite State lags far behind its neighbors in receiving federal money:
New Hampshire finishes in the bottom 10 in the country and lowest in the Northeast for federal money per person coming from the $87 billion stimulus package, according to a report.

All other New England states rank in the top 20 while New Hampshire is 40th, according to Brian Gottlob with PolEcon Research of Dover.

From the six largest grant programs under the stimulus, New Hampshire will receive $818 million or about $620 per person, the study concluded.

In the Union Leader, John DiStaso and Tom Fahey also examine the conclusions of the new report:
"Two industries, health care and public education, least affected by the current recession will receive the largest source of stimulus funding in New Hampshire," concludes the report by economist Brian Gottlob of PolEcon Research of Dover.

The study was paid for by an independent watchdog group called STEWARD, an acronym for Stimulate the Economy Without Accumulating Record Debt. The organization was formed in February by Nashua businessman Fred Tausch, a former Barack Obama supporter who quickly became frustrated with the President's spending programs.

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