Once the stimulus bill is signed into law, states and cities will receive funding for local shovel-ready projects that may help stimulate the economy. The Stimulus Watch website has compiled all of these projects and is presenting them in a way that allows visitors to browse, search, and participate. The website contains a wiki, inviting citizens to review and comment upon any of the projects with which they are familiar. You can also cast a vote for each proposed project, resulting in a score that would determine how critical that project would be for the economy.
For example, the least critical project as voted by website visitors right now is a proposal described only as “doorbells” in Laurel, Mississippi.
The site also includes the each project’s cost to taxpayers. The most expensive project on the list is a plan to create energy efficient industrial zones in Cidra, Puerto Rico, at a cost of $17.5 billion.
Each project also contains an estimate of the number of jobs that would be created. A project to convert Los Angeles’s power needs to renewable energy sources, at a cost of $2.16 billion, would create 31,243 jobs.
Note that not all of the projects on this list will receive a grant from the stimulus bill. This is a “wish list” created by representatives across the United States (and apparently its territories), resulting from a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.