A Billion Dollars? Sounds Stimulating

Connecticut could be in the money thanks to the new economic stimulus package now being debated in Congress, according to estimates by Congressional analysts.

The state would get an extra $1.8 billion in federal grants.

An analysis by the House Appropriations Committee said the money would include $1.16 billion for infrastructure improvements including highway, bridge and sewer construction and $403 million for school renovations, Pell grants and other education programs.

Connecticut would also get $243 million more for Medicaid programs. 

President Barack Obama said he is confident Congress will pass the $825 billion package. Connecticut officials are hoping to get more federal funding because of the state's budget deficit, estimated at more than $900 million for this fiscal year and more than $6 billion over the next two.

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