- $1.5 billion for Medicaid
- $800 million for education for operating expenses and projects
- $740 million for roads and bridge projects
- $340 million for local communities
- $400 million for ongoing state projects
"It is one-time money. It will come and it will go in two years or less. It is very important to invest it wisely in one-time expenditures," Daniels says of the windfall. So half the money will go to the same people who already get free health care courtesy of the taxpayers. A little more than a quarter will take care of pay for the teachers' unions. The road contractors will make off with about a quarter of the money; they are so generous with those campaign contributions. And the remaining one quarter will be sprinkled around for various pork barrel projects. What's in it for you? I'm not faulting Gov. Daniels for this spending plan; I am, however, faulting the wisdom of our federal government in spending another trillion dollars it doesn't have to spend on top of the trillions of dollars the government has already spent over the past year for the sake of economic stimulus.