Saipan – The CNMI received $119 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money from Feb. 17, 2009 through Sept. 30, 2011—the least among 50 U.S. states and five U.S. territories.
Based on an ARRA review by federal tracking agency recovery.gov, the Saipan Tribune reports that of the $119 million awarded to the Commonwealth so far, $42 million or 35 percent has yet to be spent.
Broken down, ARRA grants provided to the CNMI went to education, $30 million; energy and environment, $38 million; transportation, $15 million; and infrastructure, $3 million.
The rest went to family, public safety, science, housing, job training and health programs and services in the CNMI.
U.S. territories receive much less in ARRA money than the 50 U.S. states whose ARRA awards range from over $662 million in Wyoming to over $34 billion in California.
Among U.S. territories, the CNMI lags behind Puerto Rico with over $2.65 billion in ARRA money, the U.S. Virgin Islands with over $289 million, followed by Guam with over $285 million, and American Samoa with over $208 million.