Stimulus in Hand, States Race to Start Projects

NE, CA, MO, and MD all moved immediately with federal dollars
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Mar 17, 2009 10:46 AM CDT
A worker with the California Conservation Corps clears hiking trails with other CCC workers in the San Bernardino National Forest in Hemet, Calif., on Monday.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
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(Newser) – Four states—Nebraska, Missouri, California, and Maryland—claim to be the first to use their federal stimulus money, the New York Times reports. "Our project is definitely the first one to use shovels," said an official in California, where forest trail work started yesterday. But shovels aside, Missouri might win the prize. A spokesman there said they started bridge repairs “within a few minutes of President Obama signing the bill.”