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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Congressional Republicans threaten to take us back to the failed policies that created the economic crisis -- siding with the special interests:  Wall Street banks, credit card companies, Big Oil, and insurance companies. These Bush economic and fiscal policies created the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression -- with job losses of nearly 800,000 a month -- and nearly doubled our national debt. 

Democrats in Congress will continue to take America in a New Direction, working to create American jobs and a strong new foundation for our economy, protecting Main Street and the middle class. 

Today, the Department of Labor reported that 290,000 jobs were added in April -- a larger than expected increase and the largest gain since March 2006.  231,000 of the jobs created in April were in the private sector. [MarketWatch, 5/7/10]

The Coloradoan - Housing market stimulated [DISTRICT MENTIONED: Betsy Markey (CO-4)]

The $8,500 tax credit for first-time homebuyers…and a corresponding $6,500 for other homeowners, helped stimulate a double-digit increase in home sales in the Fort Collins area for the first four months.

In April, sales were up 23.6 percent, the sixth consecutive month of double digit increases and through April were up 18.5 percent, according to Dave Pettigrew, real estate broker with Prudential Rocky Mountain, Realtors.

“Probably 90 percent of that is due to the first-time homebuyers tax credit,” Pettigrew said. [5/6/10]

Salisbury Post (North Carolina) - Stimulus funds help low income families [DISTRICTS MENTIONED: Larry Kissell (NC-8) and Melvin Watt (NC-12)]

Low income families in Cabarrus County can apply to have their homes insulated and sealed and even qualify for a new refrigerator through an energy conservation program that just received a big boost from the federal government.

Thanks to stimulus funds, the Cabarrus County Weatherization Program has five times more money than usual right now -- $567,000 -- and could end up with $1.2 million.

Typically, the program only accepts 30 homes a year. But with the boost from stimulus dollars, hundreds of Cabarrus County homes could receive improvements like insulation, heating and air system tune-ups, duct sealing, water heater tank wraps and new refrigerators by March 2012…[5/7/10]

Ocala Star Banner (Florida) - A stimulus success story [DISTRICTS MENTIONED: Alan Grayson (FL-8); R-Cliff Stearns (FL-6): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

…the Florida Department of Children and Families call center that opened in Ocala in December.

It was the inaugural job-creation project of Florida Back to Work, which was creatively conjured up by local and state workforce officials in response to the massive layoffs at Taylor, Bean & Whitaker last summer, and it quickly morphed into a statewide effort.

The goal of the $200 million Florida Back to Work effort was to create thousands of temporary jobs across the state for long-term unemployed Floridians with the hope that many of those jobs would evolve into permanent ones.

The 75-employee Ocala DCF call center was established because DCF's three other call centers - in Tampa, Jacksonville and Miami - were unable to handle the flood of requests from Floridians seeking public assistance.

This is a stimulus success story that Ocala should be proud to be part of. Not only does the call center serve a valuable and needed service to a portion of our population in dire need of a helping hand, it is providing meaningful jobs in a community with one of the worst unemployment rates in the nation[5/7/10]

KXLY 920-AM (Washington) - INHS receives $15.7M grant for information technology improvements [DISTRICT MENTIONED: R-Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-5): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

Inland Northwest Health Services has been named to receive a grant to make health care improvements through technology to save people with diabetes time, money and improve their quality of life.

Over the next three years the Beacon Communities of the Inland Northwest, led by INHS, will receive $15.7 Million to increase care coordination via information technology, helping to connect patients with diabetes in rural areas to medical professionals region-wide. [5/6/10] (Minnesota) - Laid-off NWA workers to get more career help, thanks to stimulus funds

More job hunting help and career assistance is available for the 613 former Northwest Airlines employees who lost their jobs after the merger with Delta. The state announced a $2.6 million federal grant that will give them 'continued support' in finding new jobs.

The money comes from the… 2009 federal stimulus act.

'Many laid-off workers need continued support as they look for work, even as we are seeing some signs of recovery in the state economic picture,' said DEED Commissioner Dan McElroy. 'This grant is a strong step forward toward helping affected individuals find a new job and get their career back on track.' [5/7/10]

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