SC may curb stimulus signage

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COLUMBIA -- A debate over whether to put up signs to identify stimulus projects boils down to a key disagreement: Where some see government waste, others see government transparency.
In South Carolina, the state Department of Transportation manufactured 14 signs at a total cost of $3,700, according to statement from S.C. Transportation Secretary H.B. Limehouse over the weekend.
He cited national news coverage of other states’ expenditures on signs to identify roadway projects funded by Obama Administration’s American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009, a $787 billion package aimed at job creation, tax cuts, social programs and public works projects. Congressional Republicans’ were quoted criticizing the signs, which also say, “Putting America Back to Work,” as wasteful and politically motivated.
“I made the decision early in the process in the spring of 2009 that we would not spend money for signs on each ARRA project,” said Limehouse in a statement.
“Our policy has been to put as much funding into the maintenance of our highway system as possible.”
Across the border to the west, signs were discontinued last fall.
Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Crystal Paulk-Buchanan said the agency erected 240 signs for 120 stimulus projects at a cost of $1,200 each. The GDOT stopped creating them in September after members of the public raised concerns.
There’s a good argument for both,” she said, noting that the signs were originally put up for government transparency, a simple way to show the public how its money was being spent.
She said there was no order from the White House requiring them to place the signs next to the stimulus projects.
“It was an optional thing, and there are good reasons to have the signs,” said Paulk-Buchanan.
“But there was a consensus from our state transportation board to use the money across the state to do multiple projects,  and if you add them all together, it would have worked out to quite a sum.”

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disssman
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disssman 07/19/10 - 02:08 pm
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Why are the CONServatives so

Why are the CONServatives so worried that "stimulus projects" will be identified as such?

veggie-d
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veggie-d 07/19/10 - 02:45 pm
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it's only to keep right wing

it's only to keep right wing voters happy...they don't want to see evidence/proof that the money is benefitting everyone...it would take too much wind outta their "sails full of hate".

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baronvonreich 07/19/10 - 02:58 pm
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Why does government think it

Why does government think it is responsible to spend millions of dollars for signs?

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csrareader 07/19/10 - 03:08 pm
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veggie-d, this is not

veggie-d, this is not Monopoly money they are wasting on these signs. The article states that the Georgia Department of Transportation erected 240 signs at a cost of $1,200 each. That is taxpayer money. How much of that $288,000 would you like to pay? If you think it's such a good idea, why don't you just foot the entire bill?

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dwb619 07/19/10 - 03:24 pm
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Don't local governments put

Don't local governments put up signs when the project is paid for by the local sales tax options? A sign is a sign, and no government spends their own money.

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corgimom 07/19/10 - 03:34 pm
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Having driven through a road

Having driven through a road construction project in West Virginia, yes, it immensely teed us off to see all the people standing around, doing nothing, and getting paid stimulus money. As in, MY money.

veggie-d
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veggie-d 07/19/10 - 06:01 pm
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can't help the fools in

can't help the fools in georgia spend their money...but...i won't pay for'em...yet you can bet i would provide/make/install'em for MUCH less than the crooks/state charged...and they'd look much better too...

$1,200.00 each?...hmmm...looks like georgia got ripped off...s.c. got 14 OF'EM for less than $4,000.00!

as for MY money being spent on signage...i don't like the hiway signage MY money pays for that indicates "church/christian facilities" like the bobby jones campus in s.c., colorado springs hiway signage for "focus on the family/(money)" (james dobsons crap/compound), and other christian colleges/camps/etc. nationwide...let god show them the way!

veggie-d
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veggie-d 07/19/10 - 04:05 pm
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west virginia has paved

west virginia has paved roads?

GGpap
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GGpap 07/19/10 - 06:42 pm
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The cost of the signs in

The cost of the signs in Georgia is absolutely obscene (this calls for an independent investigation IMO), and at $265 in South Carolina...questionable. BUT, on the positive side it appears that a total of 134 stimulus projects were, or are progressing yet today. That's gotta help the economy somehow. Smile!

GGpap

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