The distribution of stimulus funds has created disputes among state and local officials across the U.S. Governors try to balance the needs of multiple communities, as local leaders push for money for projects they believe deserve priority. In Charlotte, N.C., for example, city officials sought $220 million to finish a highway project but received just $4 million. State leaders say the city had already received $100 million from the package for road work. Meanwhile, some observers say the stimulus package isn't creating jobs in the areas that need them most, in part because those areas don't have the resources to have shovel-ready projects set to go.

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