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Federal weatherization program lagging in WA state

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TACOMA, Wash. - The winter cold is here, but few Washington families have seen benefits from $59.5 million in federal stimulus money to make energy efficient improvements on low-income homes in the state.
     
The News Tribune in Tacoma reports that as of last week, state officials had spent just $1.8 million of that allocation. Workers had completed weatherization projects on 186 homes statewide, far short of the goal to improve 730 homes by the end of the year.
     
State officials say much of the delay has been because the federal money requires different pay rates than what state law requires. Officials say the problems have been straightened out, and they still plan to meet their target of weatherizing 2,400 homes by the end of March.


Washington state is administering the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act investments with an unprecedented level of transparency and accountability. Gregoire created a new Web site, www.recovery.wa.gov, so every Washingtonian can see where tax dollars are going and hold government accountable for the results. Visit the main American Recovery and Reinvestment Act here: http://www.recovery.gov/.


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