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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

The Bemidji Pioneer (Minnesota) - Oberstar touts federal aid to create jobs

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Jim Oberstar (MN- 8)]

Federal stimulus funding continues to work, says U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, citing transportation, wastewater treatment plants and education.

Nearly 35,540 lane miles of road have been improved under last year's $873 billion federal stimulus bill, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. It provided 1.6 million construction jobs.

“Those onsite construction jobs are paying $609 million in federal taxes and avoiding $535 million in unemployment compensation checks because they're being paid to work and not being paid for not working,” Oberstar said Saturday…

In Minnesota, that's meant 11,000 construction jobs,” said Oberstar, DFL-8th District, and chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Also, 535 lane miles were improved and 64 bridges replaced, restored or repaired.

And it didn't result in any local tax increases -- all paid 100 percent federal funds, permanent benefits, people working and America in better shape,” said Oberstar. “And we're adding jobs every month.” [8/31/10]

Evansville Courier and Press (Indiana) - EPA: Jacobsville cleanup may conclude in mid-October

Cleanup of lead-contaminated yards in the Jacobsville neighborhood on Evansville's near-North Side is nearly complete and environmental officials are beginning preparations for cleanup of an expanded area set to begin next year.

A contractor working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finished 219 of the 261 properties slated for cleanup in the area…

Funding for the cleanup came from $600 million in federal economic stimulus funds set aside to jump-start work on 52 Superfund cleanup sites such as Jacobsville.

The contractor, Environmental Restoration, hired 43 people for the project, Novak said, and 13 of the 19 people currently working on the remediations are local hires. [8/29/10]

Kennebec Journal (Maine) - What has stimulus meant to Maine?

According the state figures, agencies have spent $984 million in stimulus funds through June 30.

About $640 million was spent through entitlement programs such as increased Medicaid funding and unemployment insurance extensions

Most working Mainers also received a middle-class tax cut -- $400 for individuals and $800 for couples -- or more, if they took advantage of the cash-for-clunkers rebate program, or the home buyer tax credits of $8,000 for first-time buyers or $6,500 for others.

'Their impact has been huge, in terms of Maine,' [Governor John] Baldacci said. 'As difficult as things have been, it would have been more difficult without them.' [8/29/10]

Washington Business Journal - Pepco hired to upgrade One Judiciary Square

Pepco Energy Services has been hired by the District's Department of Real Estate Services for an energy efficiency retrofit at One Judiciary Square. The contract is worth $7.5 million.

Under the contract, Pepco will install a new building management system, digital controls and upgrades to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. It says the project will create the equivalent of 16 full-time construction jobs.

The District is paying for the project with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus funds. [8/30/10]

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