When Free Money Isn't

Or: When Stimulus Funds Don't.

Adam Leech reports in the Portsmouth Herald that local officials have turned down "free money" from the federal government, because building a new water treatment plant with stimulus funds will be too expensive.
Major cost-boosting items when you accept "stimulus" funds are the Davis-Bacon "prevailing wage" requirement and "Buy American" requirement. And then the extra administration cost in reporting "jobs saved or created" back to the Feds…

Heckuva job, Washington.