DALLAS (AP) - Even though Texas has gotten millions of federal
dollars from the economic-stimulus package to help poor Texans cut
their energy bills, only seven homes had been weather-treated as of
the end of last month.
The Dallas Morning News reports that Texas has spent $1.8
million of $163 million available over the past four months and
most of that went to administrative costs like salaries for state
In Texas, the Department of Housing and Community Affairs has
the task of figuring out how to get the money to local agencies and
State officials acknowledge the slow start but say they're
trying to ensure there is no waste or fraud. They also say federal
red tape has been a problem.