Governor Riley Meets With Cabinet on Stimulus Funds

Fri March 06, 2009 - Southeast Edition

Gov. Bob Riley met with members of his Cabinet and other state agency leaders Feb. 25 to review the new federal stimulus law that is expected to bring approximately $3 billion to Alabama.

“We want to make sure every dollar government spends out of the stimulus is spent properly and that it’s totally transparent,” said Riley during the meeting. “The stimulus is now law. Where it gives us an opportunity to make Alabama a better state, we will use it. We also need to pay attention to any strings attached to it that have the potential to make Alabama’s budget situation worse in the long term.”

Earlier in February Gov. Riley tapped former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice and former State Finance Director Drayton Nabers to coordinate the state’s efforts to receive funds from the stimulus. Nabers attended the Cabinet meeting and reviewed information on grants state agencies may be able to apply for under the stimulus law.

Riley also met with leaders of the House and Senate and the chairmen of the budget writing committees to discuss the stimulus law.