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Group says Wisconsin could get $9.2 billion in federal dollars

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It will be a long time before we really know how much Wisconsin gets from the federal economic stimulus package.

Gov. Jim Doyle says state and local governments will receive around $3.5 billion.

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But that's just part of the total. There are also tax cuts for workers and tax breaks for people who buy homes and cars.

Companies will compete for business grants under the package and Wisconsin's share will depend on how able and aggressive its firms are in winning those grants.

Steve Baas of the Metro Milwaukee Association of Commerce says Wisconsin companies should do well. He and others cite the growing emphasis by state companies on energy efficiency and the development of bio-fuels and other green technology.

The Center for American Progress expects Wisconsin to get a total of $9.2 billion from the stimulus package when all is said and done. That would put the Badger State in the upper half in terms of economic output but in the lower half in aid per person at around $1,625.

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