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Merrimack Valley

August 17, 2009

Mass. among top 10 states in stimulus spending; job numbers elusive

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Comptroller Martin Benison also testified at the hearing, describing his office's efforts to track and report on 34 separate grant awards overseen by OMB. Twenty departments - 16 executive agencies, two non-executive departments and two colleges - are responsible for administering those grants, which have totaled more than $500 million to date. Much of that includes a $412 million use of education funds to offset a fiscal 2009 local aid reduction.

Benison said his office holds weekly conference calls with stimulus stakeholders to coordinate reporting efforts.

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