Monday, February 16, 2009

Oklahoma getting $2.6 billion from stimulus

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The compromise stimulus package approved by the U.S. House contains more than $2.6 billion for roads, schools and other projects in Oklahoma.

About $449 million of the total will go toward highway and bridge projects, according to figures supplied by a group that does fiscal analysis for the nation's governors and legislatures.

The state Department of Education is in line to get $136 million for schools that have low-income students, $155 million for special education and $7.1 million for technology improvements.

The package provides about $900 million in Medicaid funding. But availability of that money is contingent on need and the state's unemployment rate.

State Treasurer Scott Meacham says most of the funds coming to Oklahoma will bypass the governor's office and Legislature and go into existing federal programs

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