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Stimulus Funds Redirected

SEPTEMBER 24, 2009

“Nearly $3 million in stimulus money targeted for fighting wildfires is being spent to restore public parks and watersheds in the nation’s capital, which has no national forests.

“The Forest Service has directed that $2.8 million in ‘Wildland Fire Management’ funds, approved under the economic stimulus law, go to groups that will create ‘green jobs’ in the District of Columbia. The projects are intended to restore public parks and watersheds in the city and highlight the value of urban parks, including a park 2 miles north of the White House that once was plagued by crime.” (AP, Thursday)

“Green” jobs aren’t free.

FEE Timely Classic:
Why Government Can’t Create Jobs” by Mark Ahlseen

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