When Pres. Obama signed the Recovery Bill, the site Recovery.gov went active. Now my governor has followed suit. He has started his own web site and it is called, Transform Missouri.
It is a new site dedicated to the Recovery Plan, to solicit ideas from residents, local governments, businesses and non-profits. Gov. Jay Nixon, (D,MO) said he hopes to gather as many ideas as possible from a wide range of sources.
People can submit general ideas or more detailed proposals, which require a proposed timeframe and an estimated number of new jobs.
Missouri is slated to receive about $4 billion from the stimulus package, though that amount does not include competitive grants the state might secure.
Nixon said the money will be used for education and job training, new technology and infrastructure.
At the same time that Gov. Nixon, launched his site, his counterpart in the state of Kansas released her site.
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, (D,KS), and Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson said the site was created to help Kansans take advantage of the federal stimulus package.
From the site itself is this statement from Gov. Sebelius:
Welcome to Kansas’ web site for federal stimulus bill information, where we have brought together the most recent, comprehensive information on this important legislation.
This web site will help you learn more about the federal stimulus bill and the opportunities that it may provide you, your business and your community.
Here in Kansas we are working to maximize the resources needed to create jobs; provide assistance to families; build Kansas roads and bridges; and lower health care costs through modern technology. To learn more, please visit the federal stimulus bill highlights page. To visit President Obama’s webpage on the federal stimulus bill, please visit recovery.gov.
We hope you will check back often, as more information about the federal stimulus bill will be available each week.
This is why I love elections, as they say they have consequences. We had a no account republican governor for 4 years. His name was Matt Blunt.. yeah Blunt.. Roy Blunt's Baby Boy... That Roy Blunt.. the one who is in the House of Representatives. Who stepped aside so Classy Eric Cantor could step up.
Who stepped aside so he could position himself to run for Kit Bond's Senate seat when he retires after this term. No great loss as far as I am concerned. He is just another lying rethuglican. As is Roy Blunt.
These are the things we have to celebrate, these web sites being put up and being used by our governors and by our government to help us stay on top of this Recovery Plan, to keep it transparent and to keep it honest. This is how we can do it, by tracking it, by watching it, by voicing our opinions of how it is used and how it should not be used.
If all the governors will do this type of thing, we will have something we have not had in a long time, truly we will have, Government OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE.