- Cape man gets 8 years for robbery, his first offense (12/7/16)9
- 3 students in custody for violent threat; no details released (12/9/16)15
- Abuse suspect tries to take cop's gun; officer zaps him with Taser and punches his face (12/7/16)3
- Group seeks to create a neighborhood park on Cape Girardeau's south side (12/7/16)14
- Man sentenced to 103 years for murder of Cape woman (12/6/16)4
- Cape may allow residents to keep chickens; residents at meeting push for measure (12/6/16)34
- Poplar Bluff man accused of enticement, child porn in Scott County sting operation (12/4/16)
- Burglary suspect apprehended inside Jackson garage (12/4/16)
- Company to start recruiting businesses to Jackson, Cape (12/9/16)14
- 13 venues, 60 sponsors participating in Happy Slapowitz's Toy Bash on Thursday (12/7/16)2
Spending a trillion
President-elect Obama's economic recovery plan for the nation is breathtaking. For some, the expense -- perhaps more than $1 trillion -- promises a massive outpouring of federal funding for costly large-scale projects. Others are literally left breathless by how much this plan might cost.
Local and regional planning groups have been asked to come up with project lists. The six-county Southeast Missouri Regional Planning and Economic Development Commission has put together a $367 million wish list. And the six-county Bootheel Regional Planning and Economic Development Commission has a $97 million list.
Most of the proposed projects are aimed at key infrastructure. Some quality-of-life projects are also on the lists.
With the federal deficit expected to top $1 trillion this year for the first time in history -- plus another trillion dollars for the stimulus plan -- you have to wonder how the nation can afford it all. If the money is going to be spent, it would seem prudent to focus on projects that meet the most basic needs.