Daily Archives: Sept. 28, 2009

Longwell pitches Tiahrt a soft endorsement



City council member Jeff Longwell was quick to divert any praise for the new Cowskin Creek flood reduction project to Bob Martz, the former council member who died while in office in 2007. But he gave Congressman Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, a little love too.

As he introduced Tiahrt, who is running for US Senate in a hot, multi-candidate race, Longwell called Tiahrt his favorite congressman. Then came the pitch.

“I hope I can call him my favorite senator someday,” Longwell said. Read More »

Website tracking recovery money spending now online

Those interested in just where and how federal recovery money is being spent have a new resource.

Recovery.gov breaks down spending to a city level including what group received the money and how much. The information can also be sorted by Congressional district.

The site, which was created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, describes itself as a way to “increase accountability to guard against fraud, waste, and abuse.”

As of Sept. 24, Kansas has received $1.2 billion for 1,139 grants, contracts and loans.

Of that money, the 4th Congressional District, which includes Wichita, has received almost $42 million in 169 grants, loans and contracts.