WASHINGTON -- A White House plan to stimulate the economy by accelerating the payment of billions of dollars of federal infrastructure grants to the states is largely a "sham," state and federal officials said last week.

To give the economy a "shot in the arm," the President proclaimed on Dec. 5 that he would speed up the payment of $9.7 billion of grants and loans, including $1.9 billion of airport improvement grants and $3 billion of wastewater treatment grants to the 50 state revolving loan funds.

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