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Although Colorado ranks 46th of the 50 states in federal stimulus spending per capita, according to a report published this week by ProPublica and picked up widely in the media, perhaps more relevant in measuring the effectiveness of the stimulus in the state is a study released earlier this month that ranked the state second in transparency concerning how funds are being used.
Taking up a question the Colorado Independent explored last spring, Washington D.C.-based Smart Growth America and Denver's CoPirg (Colorado Public Interest Research Group) report that Colorado is funneling too much stimulus money into new roads instead of mass transit construction, which is bad because new roads translate to sprawl and because mass transit construction is more economically stimulating, creating up to 31 percent more jobs. But maybe the two watchdog groups got it wrong.