Fiction: Governors can use the money allocated to them by the stimulus plan to help rebuild roads and bridges anytime their good and ready.
Fact: The stimulus plan is set to repair and modernize thousands of miles of roadways, bridges and mass transit systems throughout the entire country but governors don’t have a lot of time to ponder how to make this happen. Congress sent more than 450 letters to state and local agencies just last week asking them to detail how each state will use infrastructure funds from the stimulus plan as their way of monitoring the spending. Governors have 45 days to create and send their plans back. If for any reason governors don’t send their plans back in time, there is a “use it or lose it” provision in the Act that will take the money back and allocate it to another state.