How Is The Stimulus Working?

By: Lauren Zakalik Email
By: Lauren Zakalik Email

If you consider the stimulus package a shot in the arm for the economy, consider Monday a mid-year physical.

"In the first 90 days of the Recovery Act, Michigan's received a little over $3.8 billion in allocations," says Leslee Fritz of the state's Economic Recovery Office.

Fritz talked with us Monday about where we should be seeing the green at this point.

"Citizens working have received a $400 tax credit on April 1, and they should be seeing it in their paychecks. Food assistance also increased as of the First of April," she says.

Plenty of road work is also included in the progress, Fritz says.

"More than 550 projects have been certified to date, many right here in Ingham County. Three are breaking ground right now," she says.

The stimulus projects may all look good on paper. But we wanted to know if people in mid-Michigan have actually noticed a change since the stimulus began 90 days ago.

"Nope, not at all. Everything stayed about the same," says Mike Bruce. He owns Instyprints in downtown Lansing and says if the economy is being stimulated, he hasn't seen it yet.

"I don't know if I had high hopes, but I had hopes we would have changes, people spending money. I think people are just cautious," Bruce says.

Law student Kevin Thomas is on the same page.

"I've seen a lot of stores close, stuff like that, in East Lansing and around here as well. Haven't seen much of the money do anything," Thomas says.

"Nobody has made the claim, or nobody credible at least has made the claim, that the Recovery Act was going to solve Michigan's economic problems or the country's economic problems. It's just one piece of the puzzle," Fritz says.

The state still has about $3 billion more in stimulus money coming to it in the next couple of years. About $1 billion so far of the funds have been used in helping fix the state's budget, and another billion is expected to be used by the time everything is said and done.

If you'd like to track the stimulus projects online, click on the link below.

Do You Think Mid-Michigan's Stimulus Money Is Being Put To Good Use?

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  • by St. James Location: St. Johns on May 19, 2009 at 04:09 AM
    What their really saying, it's not even a good drunken party. Where you go out and get hammered to forget your problems, then wake up with a empty wallet and a head ache. No party, just our money stolen and the aches and pains. BO is repeating the mistakes of Jimmy Carter, they were wrong then and they are still wrong. I would encourage everyone to take part in a 4th of July TEA party and take back the CHANGE.
  • by kim Location: hillsdale mich on May 19, 2009 at 03:15 AM
    I do know programs NEEDED are being cut and Mi will loose more jobs due to car companies problems and shuting down.We know jobs to put people to work aren't comming as needed.We know jenn and thoes serving with her are still being paid and living just fine off tax payers money.We know many are homeless and many have lost so much.we read about many wanting money for unnessary things throughout the state.We see alot of things being done across the state to FIX up Mi.We see more people without work,forced to ask for social servics help.Homes aren't selling and gas prices go up due to holiday.More money could be spent if prices were low but most are staying home.Insurance rates and utilities are going up.the gov gave approvals.Schools are closing.Crime is riseing and police loose jobs.Food banks are low and overly stressed.First one has to have money to spend money.So many in Mi don't.The economy gets worse.Catious?NO BROKE.What job goes next?The story of mich.
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