Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Barrett Will Fund More Trees, Urban Forestry Training With Stimulus Dollars

Mayor Tom Barrett, in his 2010 Executive Budget proposal, suggests expending about $415,000 in federal stimulus dollars to add more trees to the city canopy, provide work to up to 30 low-income trainees over two years, and preserve five existing forestry jobs.

It's a nice use of stimulus dollars to green up the city, clean the air, extend a long tradition of urban forestry in Milwaukee and train people in personally and socially-productive work.

You hear a lot of talk about public financing adding value to a city: well, this is one way to do just that.

All in all, a solid use of federal stimulus funds targeted by a Mayor.

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