AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s finance chief brought a message back to Augusta from Washington about federal stimulus money: Be careful how you spend it.
Finance Commissioner Ryan Low briefed the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee on Friday, a day after meetings in Washington with Vice President Joe Biden and other federal officials about Recovery and Reinvestment funding. Nearly all of the states were represented at those meetings.
Low said there’s a heavy emphasis on accountability and transparency as the funds go out. The Government Accountability Office will have staffers in 16 states, not including Maine, but will watch closely how the money’s spent in all states.