Wall Street Journalplanned headquartersmove from White Plains, NY may have hit a snag. The WSJoriginally reported that the move is contingent upon Connecticut'spromise to improve infrastructure for the hotel giant, butcurrently those improvements are relying on Federal stimulus moneyfor funding. The Federal stimulus, however, is not meant to fundtaking jobs from one state and moving them to another. Subsequentto the story's publication, however, a Starwood spokeswoman saidher company's relocation to Stamford was tied to a $90-millioneconomic incentive package but not to infrastructure improvements,and the WSJ published a retraction.

Greg LeRoy, founder of Good Jobs First, tells the WSJ:"If the infrastructure money was an important element of Starwood'sdecision to relocate, that would be a troubling use of stimulusdollars. It's a flag and raises the question: 'Are Recovery Actdollars subsidizing an interstate job movement?' You don't wantUncle Sam being in the business of paying Peter to rob Paul."

If the money is with-held, Connecticut could always fund theinfrastructure improvements itself. The requested filing would befor about $35 million of federal aid. Starwood if it does move itsoperations north is planning to take over space in the Harbor Pointdevelopment here.

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