Gov. Riley, who was initially against President Barack Obama's stimulus package and told WAFF in February that the stimulus "is nothing but a payoff to the people who supported the President and the Democratic Party," has been singing a different tune in recent months.
In last week's press release, Gov. Riley had this to say: "The school improvements funded by these grants will reduce each school’s energy consumption, and that saves taxpayers’ money. This is a good investment both for our schools and our taxpayers."
The grants will be used to replace outdated and inefficient systems. The Talladega County school system received the largest grant, at $765,237. That money will be used to install insulation, upgrade the lighting systems and install efficient heating and cooling systems in 10 schools.