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December 22, 2008
Two charges against providing economic stimulus through infrastructure spending are that it leads to little employment, and that the money flows too slowly to help during a downturn. Recent estimates from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers show the job potential is large. The circumstances of the current recession suggest the jobs would be added quickly.
November 14, 2008
Voters on Election Day approved a huge schedule of state and local bond and tax issues in support of infrastructure spending for schools, colleges, other public buildings and highways. The Bond Buyer estimated that successful bond issues alone totaled $54 billion, the second-highest total after 2006 and about 82 percent of issues on the ballot.
October 31, 2008
The freezing of credit markets, combined with sharply reduced expectations for the economy, are drastically lowering the number of construction starts. At the same time, the slowing world economy, along with a rebound in the value of the dollar against some currencies, has driven down many materials prices.
October 1, 2008

The upheaval on Wall Street is delaying or stopping projects all over the country, even ones already under way.

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