“It allowed us to keep about 120 people employed,” says one general contractor. “Without that work we’d have to get rid of a lot of people.”
“It’s disastrous,” says one area driver. “They shouldn’t be doing this construction during the peak hours when people are trying to get to work.”
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 totaled $787 billion, split about equally among tax cuts, payments to and for individuals, and public works.
The economy seems stalled, and at least one expert thinks it will likely stay that way for a while.