CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo (KFVS) - Big money is on its way to three Missouri communities, according to U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill.
The United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Community Facilities Program will provide three Missouri communities with federal funding of $241,000.
The city of Risco will get $91,000 to improve city buildings. The city of Caruthersville will get $219,000 for road repairs.
The New Madrid County Ambulance District will get $12,000 to purchase base communication and radio equipment for use by Emergency Medical Technicians.
Funding to states and localities through the economic recovery package will be allocated through existing federal programs like these, rather than earmarks, in order to ensure prompt distribution and better accountability.
Local projects receive funds from these grants by following the process set up by each program.
During Congressional consideration of the economic recovery bill, McCaskill worked to put additional accountability measures in place.
McCaskill believes that federal grants and loans are a positive alternative to earmarks, which in the past have frequently had too little accountability.
Competitive merit and need based federal grants and low-interest government loans bring federal assistance to Missouri in an honest and fiscally responsible manner.