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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

The Star Tribune (Minnesota) - Commerce chief touts tax relief, value of census

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke joined [Minneapolis] Mayor R.T. Rybak for an appearance at a south Minneapolis home on Tuesday where the secretary encouraged Minnesotans to fill out and mail back their census forms and take advantage of the special tax credits under the Recovery Act.

Locke stated: 'One-third of the Recovery Act [passed by Congress last year] was outright tax relief for working families. ... There are some big features in the Recovery Act that the president wants to make sure that taxpayers understand as they file their income taxes in April.' [3/23/10]

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) - Stimulus bolsters WVC police force

The recent hiring of nine new officers is the most the department has added at one time since 1990.

The entry-level cops will start patrolling city streets this summer, thanks to $1.7 million in federal stimulus money arriving during the next three years.

Residents' top concern is public safety, so the new officers are a great bonus for the department, officials said.

Mayor Mike Winder said he hopes the department, especially with the new boost in officers, can continue its three-year crime-rate decrease. [3/23/10]

WRAL CBS-5 (North Carolina) - State gets $383M in stimulus funds for schools

North Carolina will receive $383.4 million in federal stimulus money for education, U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced Tuesday.

North Carolina officials recently reported that stimulus money has been used to provide funding for more than 19,000 education jobs between October and December while supporting programs that drive education reform.

“These critical education dollars will help school systems around the state keep teachers working in the classroom,' Gov. Beverly Perdie said in a statement. 'They will also help keep students on the path towards graduating from high school ready for college, a career or technical training.” [3/23/10]

San Francisco Chronicle (California) - Fed stimulus funds aim to ease Calif. job losses

About $8 million in federal grants will help train California workers for emerging job markets and help put people back to work in the recession-battered San Joaquin Valley.

The Labor and Workforce Development Agency said Tuesday the money will fund reemployment services for more than 1,400 workers who need the help given current and projected layoffs in the region.

The emergency grant funding will be distributed to nine work force investment boards in Amador, Calaveras, Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare and Tuolumne counties. [3/23/10]

WHSV ABC-3 (Virginia) - Virginia Awards $13 Million In Stimulus Money

Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, Virginia's Chief Jobs Creation Officer, announced on behalf of Governor Bob McDonnell that $13.2 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program is being awarded to 39 energy conservation projects proposed by local governments.

Jobs will be the first dividend from these innovative programs and projects, but they also have potential to save tax dollars and reduce energy costs for Virginians for years to come. Many of these awards will improve the energy efficiency of buildings and provide education and support for others to make similar improvements. The improvements will continue for years to save money that otherwise would be spent on mostly imported fuel sources,” said Lieutenant Governor Bolling. [3/23/10] (Wisconsin) - Dane County: U.S. Department of Energy grants Dane County $2.2 million for 'Green Energy Dane Plan'

Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk announced today that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has approved over $2.2 million in economic stimulus funds for county energy efficiency and renewable energy projects

'Dane County has been a leader in implementing energy efficiency, renewable energy and green government programs,' said County Executive Falk. 'These economic recovery funds allows us to go a step further and make a major investment in energy solutions that will strengthen our economy by saving taxpayer dollars, creating local jobs and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.'

The energy savings projects are projected to create 20-25 good paying local jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 4.3 million pounds per year. [3/22/10]

KGTVABC-10 (California) - Stimulus Money To Fund Food Distribution Center

A food distribution center will be established by the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency with $16.1 million in stimulus funds, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced Tuesday.

The center will link food demand to supply and increase access to healthy foods, especially in high-need areas, Schwarzenegger said.

Funding for the center is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative, a comprehensive prevention and wellness initiative funded under the Recovery Act. [3/24/10]

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