NJ Assembly holds hearings on stimulus money

March 9, 2009 5:29:12 AM PDT
New Jersey is getting $17 billion from Washington under the economic stimulus program. The Assembly Monday will hold the first of two days of hearings to discuss how to access the cash and oversee the spending.

Lawmakers will examine ways to apply for money for health care, higher education, renewable energy, economic development and housing.

Thursday's hearings will focus on transportation projects, education, environmental infrastructure projects, human services and making state buildings more energy efficient.

Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts Jr. scheduled the hearings to make sure the cash-strapped state maximizes every dollar.

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