Doug Johnson on Cities Swapping Stimulus Funds for Other Funds in Los Angeles Times

In a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, Doug Johnson weighs in on whether cities should be able to barter funds they will receive from the recent stimulus package. Johnson critiques the system as a misuse of taxpayer funds.

“What this is all doing is dodging the intent of the [federal] legislation,” said Douglas Johnson, a fellow with the Rose Institute of State and Local Government at Claremont McKenna College. Even if Bradbury’s $500,000 share of stimulus funds ends up being used for a qualified project in Torrance, “Why should Torrance have to pay $315,000 to get that money?” he asked.

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