According to an article in today’s Plain Dealer, the first stimulus money to begin reaching Ohio poses an interesting dilemma for the state’s community action agencies – how do you effectively spend it all?
… Ohio is concerned that local, nonprofit community action agencies – where the $267 million will end up – will not have the capacity to spend such an enormous amount of money over the next two years.
Before the federal stimulus package, Ohio would have received about $21 million for this program, said Mark Shanahan, energy adviser to Gov. Ted Strickland.
“We are looking at what the new federal rules are and whether we can use up to 20 percent of the money for job training,” he said. …
The $267 million being talked about is Ohio’s amount from the U.S. Dept. of Energy to do energy efficiency upgrades in the homes of the elderly, low and middle income earners.