Serving up stimulus.

Bozeman, Montana is spending about $50,000 in stimulus cash on tennis courts:

The commission approved a contract with Dermco-LaVine Construction in Minneapolis for the courts during a noon meeting on Monday. The company will put in rubber-tiled courts at the park, located along South Church Avenue.

White said the out-of-state company got the contract because there were no local companies that could do the work.

The money spent on the tennis courts is part of $621,000 in stimulus money that the city received through the Montana Reinvestment Act.

I guess I assumed that the stimulus funds would be best used to create desperately needed jobs while maintaining or improving infrastructure. Tennis courts frankly seem like a luxury, and the jobs created very short term at best.

Is this really worth mortgaging the future for?


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