“ARRA will provide a much-needed, one-time infusion of dollars that will allow us to maintain our jobs and quality of life through investments in education, health care and public safety; and to make strategic investments now to position Kentucky for the future.”
Has Kentucky used the $3 billion in federal funds to “maintain our jobs and quality of life?” We’ll let you decide:
• Nearly $1 million to fund a program to improve the cardiovascular health of male inmates.
• Another $600,000 to the University of Kentucky to investigate the fundamental constants, elementary interactions and basic symmetries of the Standard Model.
• UK also received about $570,000 to research Salamanders because they are model organisms in areas of human health.
• More than $120,000 to the city of Lancaster for an award description titled “arra stimulas” (yes, spelled this way) to fund an unknown project.
• Go Green Louisville got $7 million for energy efficient traffic signals and lighting and installation of renewable energy technologies on government buildings.
• A Louisville grocery store that has yet to even be built got $3 million — in the name of “community development.”
• $890 for work boots.
• More than $357,000 to repair an abandoned furnace in Fitchburg, Kentucky after a failed attempt in 2004 that cost over $660,000.