Detroit is too broke to spend “stimulus” money
Many state and local governments are finding out that in order to spend the tidal wave of “stimulus” money from the federal government (you -the taxpayer), they need to have more government drones and apparatchiks. Given that public sector productivity is about 10% of the private sector, that comes as no surprise.
Detroit has received $170 million in federal stimulus dollars but has been able to spend only $16.8 million of it because the city is broke, and most of the available grants require it to spend money up front and get reimbursed.
But for a city courting a $330-million deficit, spending on anything but the necessities is next to impossible.