Connecticut has spent “approximately $125,000” on signs advertising that project funding came from federal stimulus grants, according to state officials.
State Recovery Act coordinator Matt Fritz said the figure includes $96,000 for signs related to transportation projects, including highways, bridges and transit.
“The remainder is derived from signs for clean water, drinking water, diesel reduction, community development and energy projects,” Fritz said. “It should be pointed out that these programs represent greater than $500 million in Recovery Act funding – so only a small fraction of funding has actually been spent on signs for these efforts.”
State Sen. Dan Debicella, R-Shelton, has criticized these expenditures. Debicella is the Republican nominee in the fourth district Congressional race against Democratic Rep. Jim Himes.
The cost of signs advertising American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding has received national attention. According to ABC News, Illinois spent $650,000 on about 950 signs and Pennsylvania spent $157,000 on 70 signs, while Arizona, Vermont and Virginia don’t allow the signs. A Tennessee official told ABC 324 signs there cost only $12,931.
According to one report, a Connecticut company made a $10,000 sign for a project at Dulles Airport in Virginia.