The AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT
(ARRA) of 2009 was to reinvigorate our economy with new projects that put Americans back to work and buy American products unless they were not made in the USA. Foreign-made products required a waiver from the federal EPA.
The purchase of the second foreign made wind turbine by the Town of Falmouth may indeed be the tip of an iceberg.
Governor Deval Patrick in 2009 made the prevention of fraud waste and abuse a top priority. State agencies were given directions on how to prevent fraud and abuse of the federal funds.
Ten years later Governor Charlie Baker, in February of 2019 when pressed by Congressman McClintock of California, over the Falmouth wind turbine fiasco admitted to Congress when asked about noise, shadow flicker and declined property values in Falmouth the "state screwed up." Gov,.Baker admitted the screw-up.
Cooperation from the Massachusetts Inspector General, Attorney General, and the State Auditor created a formidable safeguard to ensure the integrity and public confidence in the expenditure of ARRA funds and achieving accountability and transparency in the management of ARRA funds. ....