Lexington's $556 Million Wish List

In tough economic times, the city of Lexington is looking for it's own stimulus package to jump start the local economy.

The price tag is in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

The mayor says he wants to rebuild the city's infrastructure as part of President Obama's grassroots plan for communities.

The city's wish list is more than 500 million dollars.

Each project hopes to boost the economy by boosting the infrastructure and creating jobs, but some of them, are doing this is an unusual way.

5 jobs could be created, to clean up downtown plaques in anticipation of the 2010 Equestrian Games. That project needs $75,000.

A project at the Carnegie Center to fix windows, do painting and flooring, and heating and cooling work could create 19 jobs. That project needs $900,000.

Officials at the center say, the work could improve the overall quality of service the literacy, learning, tutoring center provides.

There are more than 125 possible economy boosting projects on the list.

Lexington isn't the only city asking for economic stimulus funds. Hundreds of other mayors also turned their lists into the federal government this week as well.

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  • by Justin on Jan 23, 2009 at 06:43 AM
    Looks like Lexington isn't waiting on the wish list. They are in the process of gouging its own citizens by creating a speed trap on the part of New Circle Road which was under construction. It appears they forgot to raise the speed limit but didn't forget how to write speeding tickets.
  • by rich Location: formerlyky on Jan 22, 2009 at 02:57 PM
    According to Charles Rangel and Mr Obama's financal advisor Robert Riech, white people need not apply for these jobs. Don't believe me, check the congressional record for Jan. 7,2008.
  • by Clair Location: Lexington on Jan 22, 2009 at 02:56 PM
    Thanks, I really needed A good laugh, so 975.000 for 24 temporery jobs, please get the whole list for us.
  • by me Location: lexington, ky on Jan 22, 2009 at 12:39 PM
    cleaning plaques? can't work release prisoners do this and save $75,000?
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Jan 22, 2009 at 11:58 AM
    Robert Reich , a top economic adviser to President Obama has told a congressional panel the billions of dollars in the proposed economic stimulus plan should be allocated with social issues in mind, to make sure the money doesn't go to just "white male construction workers" or the highly skilled.


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