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What local projects would you like done as part of a government stimulus package?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on January 25, 2009

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“Fix the bump in that intersection over by Johnny’s.”

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“If possible, within the county, (encourage) wind energy production and local food production.”

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“I would like to see a lot more work go into the roads, especially on the east side of campus.”

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“I would like to see a little more attention paid to local neighborhood streets, especially in the east part of town.”


Richard Heckler 8 years, 12 months ago

Rehabilitate east side sidewalks thereby bringing Lawrence closer to being a safe walkable community. It would also provide safe passage for certain wheel chair travelers that are being ignored.What it will take is 3 new commissioners who have the ability to recognize the value in maintaining existing resources. For the moment Commissioners Dever,Amyx,Hack and Chestnut remained focused on the new westside of Lawrence.

labmonkey 8 years, 12 months ago

Instead of taking our money and distributing it through the most inefficient medium possible (the government), give that money back to the people....or don't take it in the first place. I hear all about how the our grandchildren will be paying for Bush's mistakes....but our great-grandchildren will be paying for these bloated, stimulus packages. The economy will correct itself without government help. Lets not add to our debt burden. The Congressional Democrats will work fast because they are working on borrowed time (they cannot mask their 9% approval rating behind Bush now). NO to anymore stimulus packages!!!

WWoftheW 8 years, 12 months ago

The economy fell because deregulations of the banking industry did not create sound economic practice, but greed.I do agree our great grand children will be paying for the bail out and all that follows becuase of it.

sgtwolverine 8 years, 12 months ago

Wait ... why would you want to stimulate government?

Bill Griffith 8 years, 12 months ago

Weatherization and energy efficiency upgrades targeted at lower income homeowners and tenants would be an optimal investment. The money saved by the residents and not paid to the utilities would for the most part be spent locally boosting the area economy while giving them a more comfortable home to live in. Landlords would receive the benefit of getting more of their rent in on time rather than worrying that their tenants may not have the money due to high heating or cooling bills. The weatherization and ee upgrades would also add more jobs to the region since this type of work is inherently local.

Chris Ogle 8 years, 12 months ago

Forget the freebees..... just lower our taxes.

Boeing 8 years, 12 months ago

How was this question asked on January 25 when it is barely January 25 now?I vote for the roads too. And teaching city employees how to remove snow and ice. Clue - sand does not work.

jonas_opines 8 years, 12 months ago

As far as I've heard, the Swedes actually like it the way it is. Far more collectivist of a culture than us.

Godot 8 years, 12 months ago

Kudos to the editor for calling this boondoggle spending spree a "government stimulus program." Indeed, the only thing it will stimulate is more government.

labmonkey 8 years, 12 months ago

How about $240 million for STD education and $100 million to resod the Mall in DC? There is way too much pork in this bill. Kudos to McCain for saying he won't vote for it.

ridinthefence 8 years, 12 months ago

Finish the road to nowhere. Build it now even tho it could have been built YEARS ago at a lower cost. PLEASE.

jumpin_catfish 8 years, 12 months ago

How about a LJW blog merrill blocker? Sounds sweet to me and would make Larryville a safer and happier place. Obama team please get right on that would ya.

TacoBob 8 years, 12 months ago

Kill the pork in the stimulus package. In this era of change, how about really changing government?Two kinds of deficits out there - one is long term where the government simply spends too much money, the other is short term to fund tax cuts. Go the tax cut route and cut government spending. That is a deficit worth taking on with the only hope of a long term payback.

lubyloo 8 years, 12 months ago

Some kind of light rail system between Kansas City and Lawrence.

Chris Ogle 8 years, 12 months ago

Roundabouts....lots of them. And a helper for the audit guy... he seems to need some direction.

Chris Ogle 8 years, 12 months ago

I forgot... more consultants. While were at it, lets hire some folks fo ride the MT.

Deja Coffin 8 years, 12 months ago

For my town, it seems like the biggest complaint is the natural gas bills they receive so a way to lower those even if it meant free plastic for windows would be greatly appreciated!

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