Senate Transportation Chair Steve Murphy has some big problems with the federal stimulus package working its way through the U.S. House of Representatives. The Red Wing Democrat said it spends far too little on transportation, while funneling money into education and health and human services, which will not generate the jobs needed to jump start the economy.
"That bill that came out of the House of Representatives is a pile of donkey dung. It's not going to do any good," Murphy said. "They've got their priorities bass-ackwards. The majority of that money should be for infrastructure."
But according to a story today in The Washington Post, the proposal is getting a positive review from congressional budget analysts. First District Congressman Tim Walz is expected to come to Rochester on Thursday to discuss the stimulus package.