Weatherizing funds clogged

Stimulus money for weatherization projects is slowed down by federal wage rules.

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Oregon was awarded $38 million in stimulus money for weatherization projects, but the funds are trickling in slowly due to federal wage rules.

The state has only spent $3 million of its award so far, and weatherization projects around the country are also off to a slow start.

Oregon received about 20 percent of its stimulus funds in April, for startup technical and training costs, and then another 30 percent to allocate to the different weatherization organizations, said Pegge McGuire, community resources division administrator with the Oregon Department of Housing and Community Service, which is distributing stimulus money within the state. The federal government will release the other half of the funds once the state has completed a certain amount of the work.

The weatherization improvements have to be completed by March 2012, McGuire said.

Read the full story at The Bulletin.

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