Thanks to the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act, Hampshire’s downtown has new asphalt.
It’s taken a couple of months (and a number of detours), but State Street is now newly paved and looking fine.
On both ends of the main street are signs touting the funding source: the federal government. Our tax dollars at work (or, at least, standing around getting paid). According to www.recovery.gov, the Recovery Act has three immediate goals:
- Create new jobs and save existing ones.
- Spur economic activity and invest in long-term growth.
- Foster unprecedented levels of accountability and transparency in government spending.
No. 3 sounds like a bunch of mumbo jumbo to me, but at least they have a decent website.
If I’m reading the internet information correctly, this Hampshire project cost $659,972. I don’t know how many people were employed because of it or how long they were employed, but a number of people were definitely involved in the short-term, at least.
Construction was, well, inconvenient, but the street now looks darn nice, and it’s nice not to have to dodge the manholes.
Superfluous construction, perhaps, but I’d rather see my tax dollars spent in my hometown than on bombs to be dropped on poor, unsuspecting Afghans. Here’s to American R&R!