Secretary LaHood tells Fast Money he expects events to happen quickly. “We will have the money out the door in 120 days and companies will have to spend the money putting people to work in good paying jobs.”
Specifically, the money will flow into projects at the state level. "Our feeling is the best way to get this money out is through state departments of transportation," LaHood says. "The departments, which operate under their respective state governors, have the necessary savvy to move quickly on the so-called shovel-ready projects envisioned by President Barack Obama as a way of creating jobs quickly," he adds.
Meanwhile some pundits have voiced concern about oversight fearing that the money could be squandered. However, LaHood tells Fast Money that accountability is one of his highest priorities and that his Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) team will be monitoring all aspects of the recovery funding closely.
LaHood even tells us there will be a webpage on the White House website that will have great detail about how the money is being spent.
Also he says, they will not be exempt from environmental checks and other regulations. "These projects are going to be funded by the book, he says.
You can see our entire interview with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in the Word On The Street video above.
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