It’s official: New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is getting his $9 million in federal stimulus money for his parking lot footbridge after the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Boston Region voted 13-1 to approve it yesterday. More than one board member opposed it, apparently, but the board was only allowed to vote the entire slate of projects up or down, and the others didn’t want to block the additional projects under consideration.
On the bright side, even dumb spending projects help stimulate the economy, and the construction jobs created by the $9 million will be real. On the other hand, now the state of Massachusetts has $9 million less to spend on a more worthy project. But Bob Kraft is a great businessman, so who’s to complain?