Amidst all the hoopla and competition for ARRA dollars, an amount just a little less than 1% has been overlooked. That percentage of the $787 billion stimulus package is about $7.4 billion in Defense-related appropriations.
Of that, Washington State is slated to receive about $150 billion. The Defense-cash will flow to about half the state’s counties, from Island County’s over $20 million who gets almost nothing from any other ARRA source to Pierce County at almost $75 million, almost half the state’s Defense-cash. Go here if you wish to see what’s planned for your county.
True, that’s only about 2% of the total Defense-appropriated ARRA funds, but it’s a total of over 14% of the state’s total ARRA funds.