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Oklahoma in line for $2 billion from new economic stimulus bill in U.S. House

BY CHRIS CASTEEL Modified: January 24, 2009 at 7:13 am •  Published: January 24, 2009
WASHINGTON — Oklahoma would get more than $2 billion for roads, education, health care and other state and federal programs in the stimulus package prepared by House Democrats.

The biggest chunk of money — more than $1.2 billion over the next two years — would go to local school districts and public colleges and universities for basic educational purposes, renovations and repairs, technology grants and aid for disadvantaged and disabled students. Another $339 million would be available in Pell Grants to allow for increased financial aid.

The state would get about $544 million over two years for road and bridge construction, transit projects and its clean water fund.

The figures came from two House committees that have worked on details of the plan; they don’t include increased funding for Medicaid and other portions of the huge stimulus package.

Other Oklahoma allocations included in the committee summaries:

• $10 million over two years for Head Start:

• $30 million for Child Care and Development Block Grants;

• $23 million for employment and training programs;

• $11.8 million for Community Services Block Grants;

• $7.