Haslam Hands Out Check, Hails Fed Spending Program

Gov. Bill Haslam handed a $600,000 check to the mayor of Clarksville Thursday for construction of a “greenway” project, the latest of about 20 “enhancement grants” from federal funds distributed by the state.
While the oversized check said it was from the state Department of Transportation, Haslam credited the federal government.
“We like to beat up on Congress and say all the things they’re doing wrong, but every now and then, they get it right.”
Haslam says the federal program works because decisions on how to spend the money are made locally.
Through the enhancement grants, more than $270 million has been spent on non-traditional transportation projects in Tennessee. Many have been used to revitalize downtown areas or highlight historic attractions.

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