States and localities that adhere to prevailing wage standards and that have projects that can be built with American materials could be better positioned to receive stimulus funding for infrastructure projects, although it may take several months for stimulus funds to trickle down to local levels, sources said this week.

A total of 30% of the $27.5 billion in highway funding that is to be provided under the stimulus package will go to metropolitan regions and rural areas, and the rest will go to states, said Fred Abousleman, executive director of the National Association of Regional Councils.

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