McLennan County, Texas, is in the midst of a building boom. Almost $500 million has been approved to build schools, libraries and a stadium. In addition, the community college will be expanded and the Waco Convention Center renovated. "At a time when jobs in the private sector are scarce, the way to stimulate jobs is the public sector," said Waco-based economist Ray Perryman. "The way to do that is through public works."

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