Minn. Lawmaker Tells Del. to Speed Up Stim Spending

Fri October 23, 2009 - Northeast Edition

DOVER, Del. (AP) A Minnesota lawmaker overseeing the federal stimulus program said Delaware needs to spend the money faster.

But Lt. Gov. Matt Denn, who’s managing Delaware’s stimulus spending, said the state will “spend it intelligently’’ because it will only get the money once.

Rep. James Oberstar contacted state officials after learning Delaware is the second-slowest state in the nation, behind Virginia, spending only 27 percent of its stimulus-funded transportation money through August.

Gov. Jack Markell said state transportation officials are using the money to help the economy over the long term. He said that’s more important than “hastily spending the money on less worthy projects.’’

Moody’s Economy.com senior economist John Stapleford said Delaware’s approach is wise.