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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Senator Gregg Takes on the Stimulus Road Signs

Yesterday, Senator Judd Gregg introduced the “Axe the Stimulus Plaques Act,” legislation to prohibit the use of stimulus funds for the signs that are popping up on road sides across the country advertising taxpayer spending on stimulus projects.

Here are the Senator’s comments on the bill:
Our nation continues to confront an economic crisis that is affecting the livelihoods of all Americans. Unfortunately, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has been a disappointment so far. It has done little to address this ongoing crisis, create jobs, and turn around our nation’s economy. Moreover, recent reports about wasteful spending of stimulus funds are concerning, especially when families in New Hampshire and across the country are tightening their belts and trying to stretch their own dollars.

Considering the disappointment surrounding the stimulus bill, it flies in the face of reason that signs are being constructed at a price tag of reportedly $300 each for lawmakers to pat themselves on the back about this legislation. To spend taxpayer dollars on signs touting the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act at each and every project does nothing for households who are struggling to get by or for those who’ve lost their jobs during the economic downturn. These signs are simply for political self-interest, and it’s about time they stop so that stimulus dollars can be put to better use.


  1. The sign should say Paid for your children and your grand children's future. With a hammer and a sickle graphic.

  2. These signs are a ludicrous waste of precious funds. The monies used to create and put up these signs could have been either put to much better use as in giving it back to the taxpayers or not having been spent at all. This is an outrageous act in the face of a period of time when many of us are just barely managing to survive economically and many aren't managing to get by at all.