GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - When it comes to getting stimulus money for road projects,Governor Jennifer Granholm said West Michigan is ahead of thegame.
In a Friday morning appearance at the Kent County RoadCommission, the governor said she is encouraging the legislature toapprove the stimulus projects by the end of March.
The council produced a list of preferred projects that they hopewill be funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,signed into law by President Obama on Tuesday, as part of the $787billion economic stimulus plan.
"We are not going to lose a single dime of stimulus money,"Granholm said.
It will be a while before exactly which projects will be addedto an already billion-dollar construction season. The Governorwants the final list of request by the first of March and thenwants the legislature to sign off on the deal by the end ofMarch.
24 Hour News 8 also talked to some local legislators who seeminclined to go along with the Governor on the idea of more roadconstruction.
After an appearance in Kalamazoo, Granholm heads to WashingtonD.C. for the National Governors Association winter meetings.
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