Mayors in 10 Oklahoma cities have submitted more than $1.7 billion in projects they hope to have funded from an economic stimulus plan working its way through Congress.
The state’s two largest cities have requested the bulk of the money: Oklahoma City with $501 million and Tulsa with $944 million. If funded, those projects are expected to create more than 10,000 jobs.
Congressional Democrats unveiled an $825 billion economic stimulus package last week. Its size drew quick criticism from Republican leaders.
The Washington-based U.S. Conference of Mayors compiled the wish list. It includes projects for roads, public transit, water, schools and libraries from across the nation. The list, part of a 344-page report, was released Saturday.
The city’s perspective
"I don’t think the list that you send in now has a whole lot to do with what ultimately they choose, other than it’s giving Congress an idea of the size of the need,” Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett said.
The city manager and department heads helped compile Oklahoma City’s list of projects.
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