If you want to follow how the federal stimulus dollars are being spent in North Carolina without the government spin, check out www.ncopenrecovery.com.
This new site is run by Capitol Monitor, "an organization which seeks to promote a better understanding of state
government through increased transparency."
Capitol Monitor President Perri Morgan says that her organization's website will be less confusing than the one created by Gov. Perdue's office. As Morgan explained in a press release:
press releases and "feelgood" notices of stimulus money going for state
projects. "But," says Morgan, "like the stimulus package itself, the Governor's
website is complex and difficult to navigate."
While the Capitol Monitor is tracking all stimulus
expenditures, the site will report only those stimulus dollars which have made
it to their final destination with the award of a contract, giving viewers a
more realistic picture of the actual impact on North Carolina's economy.
"Reporting on requests, plans, bids, and other stimulus activity prior to the
actual award of stimulus money creates confusion, which the Capitol Monitor hopes to eliminate," said
A very cool feature put together by Capital Monitor is this chart that summarizes the projects being financed along with juicy details including the company getting the work, their campaign contributions to Perdue in the last few years, and the representatives from the districts getting the jobs.
Check it out.