Three Eastern Carolina Counties To Receive Stimulus Funds

Three counties in the East are on the receiving end of fresh federal stimulus funds for road projects, but a new analysis says highway improvement projects are not improving employment figures.

As Associated Press analysis finds that spending on roads and bridges under the stimulus plan has had no effect on local unemployment and the boost to the construction industry has been minimal. Local unemployment rates rose and fell regardless of how much stimulus money Washington poured out for transportation.

The Governor's Office announced last week 13 new projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, including resurfacing and shoulder work on 13/17 in Bertie County, and resurfacing US 264 in Wilson and Nash Counties.


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  • by Former Resident on Apr 5, 2010 at 08:42 PM
    First of all it's not the residents fault of these counties that factories have closed down and moved to Mexico. Picture yourself working a job for 15-25 years and you're told that your job has moved to Mexico. Another thing, I'm a black female from Bertie County who was raised by two parents. My father has always been a strong man in working hard, getting a good education, and treating others with respect. His values were passed on to me and my sisters. That's why we all have college degrees and our salaries range from 45-60,000. Just because you come from a poor area does not mean you don't want anything better for yourself. So yes the money needs to go to these counties. The stimulas need to be used to build more factories and companies to get people to work, not roads. And Neo you better thank God that you have a job unlike some you service. Stop complaining.
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Jan 30, 2010 at 11:34 AM
    Gator, if you cut the checks off from these deadbeat morons you would get two reactions. Those who are young and physically able would rob, steal, assualt, murder and generally just take from the majority of society to survive. In other words we buy our safety from them with welfare payments. The other reaction would be from those who have sat around, watched TV and had children so long that they are too far out of shape to survive in a "survival of the fittest" environment. They would simply be. It would be for the majority of society, like watching beached whales and we would give in and help them. In other words, it's like feeding wildlife who's natural food source has disappeared.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 24, 2010 at 05:45 AM
    Now how many people have gotten jobs because of this stimulus money?? when it was begun unemployment was around 8% now it's 10 %. more stimulating like this & we will relive the 1930's!!
  • by Gator Location: NC on Jan 12, 2010 at 04:43 PM
    Neo, so do any of these sponges collect unemployment? This article is not about welfare, we know they are not going to work. This monies is suppose to be going to people who the government has deemed, "have to work". Meaning the people who have worked all their lives and will take any job to put food on the table and roof over their families head. What they should have done was, everyone who has a job or is on unemployment, given them a shotgun. Give them the training they needed and then stopped giving out checks for welfare. That would solve the economy.
  • by Fact Dog Location: NC on Jan 12, 2010 at 01:37 PM
    Yes I agree with Darren .A bypass around Plymouth and columbia is greatly needed.As IS around Jamesvile.Why are not the HIGHWAY MAINANCE CREWS DOING THEIR JOBS OF REPAIRING THE ROADS? ALL I HAVE SEEN THEM DOING IS RIDEING AROUND AND STOPPING AT EVER FAST FOOD JOINT AROUND;THEY GO IN LEAVE PICKUPS RUNNING NO ONE IN THEM." IT IS TIME TO FIRE THEM AND THEIR SUPERVISIOR.I SAW THIS IN WASHINGTON COUNTY TODAY.IT TIME WE STOP PAYING FOR LAZINESS.
  • by Darren on Jan 12, 2010 at 12:19 PM
    Neo does have a good point. A good portion of the people in ENC (especially in the OBX) have no work ethic. I notice this behavior all the time, and noticed it a bit around Greenville when I was at ECU. I do feel fortunate where I come from, one of the better off kids growing up, but my parents made me work no matter where it is made sure I kept my grades up. This is what helped lead me to where I was working for a CPA firm in Greenville. I'm now doing my own thing with my own practice, and the hard work and success that has been done comes by learning new things every day. I know that the worth is not all about the money or the education, but some of it can be depending on how you get the money and how things go during the college years, such as grades, extracurricular activities, and basically how much responsibility one can handle. That and how helpful someone is should be the main things that determine how much someone is worth.
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Jan 12, 2010 at 12:03 PM
    How about some fund money to repair the highway 12 bridge over Oregon Inlet and to build a new bridge from Corolla to mainland Currituck! Wont make this part of 158 such a hassle during the summer! One more thing, a bypass around Plymouth and Columbia is needed.
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Jan 12, 2010 at 11:58 AM
    By the way, "Clock Watcher", thousands of dollars worth of yours and other's hard earned taxmoney were given away last night to able bodied people who haven't turned a hand to do any work in years. The system says these poor uneducated thugs have got the right to subsist on your money. Thanks.
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Jan 12, 2010 at 11:39 AM
    "Clock Watcher", I am taking comp time today for working last night. It's ok to ask but it is presumptuously overbearing for you to assume the few pennies you are able pay in taxes are being misused. Perhaps you should be working as well instead of posting. If you have since enough to tell time, read and write and make assumptions, you need to be doing your part to take care of all these suckling pigs. It is up to all of us to support these trifling sponges so do your part. Well, come to think of it, if these people had the slightest inclination to work, take care of themselves, be responsible and could manage their own lives, some of us wouldn't be needed to tend this herd. Hmmm, I'd probably just get hired for your job...... Just saying.
  • by Clock Watcher on Jan 12, 2010 at 11:16 AM
    Hey, Neo! Your two posts were at 10:30 a.m. and 12:35 p.m. respectively. Were you at work when you sent these? Didn't you write in that you work for the government? Uh-huh ... That's what I thought. Yep! My good, ole tax dollars going to pay government employees who blog WITN while at work.
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