Committee Charts Plan for Stimulus Oversight

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – A legislative panel charged with overseeing stimulus spending lauded the governor’s initial reporting on the issue at their first meeting Wednesday.

Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s office has set up a Web site that aims to track federal stimulus spending with detailed reports.

Lawmakers requested that a county map offering overall spending levels would offer a full list of projects for each county. The governor’s office says it will continue to improve the site.

The panel said it will be evaluating progress by trying to measure overall job growth in the state once the stimulus projects are more fully under way. The lawmakers hope to be able to tell if jobs are being created.

In total, the state received about $900 million in federal stimulus money.

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