Getting a Bigger Piece of the Stimulus Pie for Marietta

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

Money from President Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan is starting to make its way through the states, and a state senator in Ohio isn't satisfied with the amount being distributed to the Marietta district.

Senator Jimmy Stewart says Ohio is receiving about $460 million in stimulus money to go towards highways and airports.

However, the Marietta district will be seeing less than three percent of that money.

Stewart says because there are only 12 districts in Ohio, each one should be allotted at least $15 million.

"What part of Ohio needs stimulated more than Appalachian Ohio that for years has been behind the curb in economic development? This is the part of Ohio that needs the growth. This is the part of Ohio that needs these transportation dollars more than any part of Ohio," OH Senator Stewart, (R) 20th District, said.

Senator Stewart is cosponsoring legislation with a state senator in Jackson County to try to get more transportation funding in the area.


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  • by David Summers Location: Harrisville WV on Feb 21, 2009 at 02:32 PM
    With all the strings I would not take the COMMIE money anyway Mr.Obama put up that WALL!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 21, 2009 at 10:16 AM
    congressman...take what you are offered and be happy with it. It's a hell of a lot more than some folks are getting. But like every other politican~the ole gimme,gimme, gimme has gotcha.
  • by th Location: houston tx on Feb 21, 2009 at 06:09 AM
    hey taxpayer...are you telling me that marietta is that big that it has 8 counties!! ggeee the last time i was in marietta it wasn't as big as houston and houston is in one county
  • by DJ Location: The valley on Feb 20, 2009 at 08:06 PM
    Yes, let's squabble over who's getting what money from the socialists in washington - and let's have our grandchildren pay it all back.
  • by Brutus Location: Nelsonville on Feb 20, 2009 at 02:47 PM
    That bi-pass around Nelsonville was PROMISED by state leaders twenty years ago. I attended the press conference where they announced the funding of the roadway, to begin construction within two years. We NEED that road, we've WAITED for that road, and now the mid-Ohio-valley DESERVES that highway... it's only 3-5 miles, but it's the slowest link that keeps Columbus traffic from coming down to Marietta, Parkersburg and Ravenswood. It only makes sense to FINISH THE JOB! Don't try to steal our funds!
  • by taxpayer Location: marietta on Feb 20, 2009 at 02:23 PM
    The Marietta district includes about 8 counties. The one project on US 33 in Nelsonville would take all of the money as it stands now. Bring more money down here where roads are really needed!
  • by Mynamehere Location: Parkersburg on Feb 20, 2009 at 12:54 PM
    Oh for the love of God, take what you can get Congressman, its free to you from uncle Sam, no need to be greedy for a town thats underwater almost every year. And Marietta doesnt need transportation, you can walk anywhere in that town and be at your destination within minutes. If you wanna line your pockets just say so?
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