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State launches interactive map of stimulus funds
Web site shows where $3.7 billion will go
By Laura Smitherman | laura.smitherman@...
February 28, 2009
Addressing keen taxpayer interest in how federal stimulus dollars
will be spent, Gov. Martin O'Malley launched a Web site yesterday
that uses high-tech mapping systems to show where the money will go
The state expects $3.7 billion from the stimulus package signed last
week by President Barack Obama, including $1.6 billion for health and
human services, $1.1 billion for education and $610 million for
transportation projects. The Web site, www.recovery.maryland.gov,
uses geographic information system technology and allows users to
enter a home address to see how their communities benefit.
The program builds on StateStat, a computerized performance
management system that monitors state agencies to identify where to
achieve savings and better results, and GreenPrint, a computerized
map of the state's environmentally valuable lands.
"I know there's not another state that's where we are with this,"
O'Malley said, taking an audience through a presentation of the new
Web site's capabilities on a large screen in the conference room
where he holds StateStat meetings. "To borrow a line from President
Obama, we don't do ourselves any favors by hiding what we spend."