While reading an article about the Home for Heroes, I noticed that Kay Bailey Hutchinson found the money for its building through the stimulus project. A civic leader asked me to do further research into the matter. Have you noticed the orange sign near the Tyler Transit Transfer/Train Museum with “American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA)?” That’s the official name for the stimulus project.
I found most of my information through http://projects.propublica.org/recovery/locale/texas/smith, as well as through a local paper. As of May 2012, the big winners in Smith County are as follows: (1) Education ($51.8 million), (2) Dept. of Transportation ($45.8 million), (3) Small Business Administration (SBA) ($25.7 million), (4) Dept. of Veterans Affairs ($11.5 million), and (5) Social Security ($9.5 million).