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10:30 am
Mon September 28, 2009

Report: Texas Ranks 49th In Stimulus Funds

Texas – Records show Texas ranks 49th in federal stimulus funding per resident.

A Dallas Morning News analysis of federal grants and contracts, in Monday's editions, shows Texas has been approved for about $12.9 billion in stimulus grants and contracts. That doesn't include the estimated $4.2 billion that Texans received through the law's main individual tax credit, according to federal estimates.

Adjusted for population, the state's share of grants about $533 per person ranks 49th, according to the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board.

One reason for the difference is Medicaid. It accounts for 63 percent of stimulus outlays so far, yet most low-income, childless Texans can't get Medicaid. Advocates complain the state does a poor job of signing up all children who do qualify.

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Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.