Kelly Clifton on WYPR’s Maryland Morning. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act–better known as the stimulus bill–turns 6 months old on Monday. Nationally so far, $73billion out of nearly $581 billion has been spent, according to the public interest news site Pro Publica (there’s an additional $212 billion in estimated tax cuts). Some analysts contend the stimulus spending is part of why the recession seems to be ending; others say that’s far from clear. Maryland is slated to receive about $4 billion all told, and we want to see how the state has been spending it. We’re joined by Kelly Clifton, an associate professor of Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Maryland at College Park; and Neil Bergsman, director of the Maryland Budget and Tax Policy Institute.