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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 economic and fiscal policies created the Bush recession -- the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression , with job losses of nearly 800,000 a month -- and nearly doubled our national debt. 

Yesterday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing $105 million in additional grant funds to expand broadband access in rural America.

“Broadband is critical to the Obama Administration's strategy to rebuild rural America because it opens the way for expansion of business, education, and health care opportunities in rural areas and assists in making the nation's small towns and rural communities more competitive,” said Vilsack. “Availability of broadband supports business and job development and President Obama and I support the expansion of rural broadband across rural America so that all areas of the country have access to the tools for fair competition in a 21st century economy.” [5/11/10]

Port Clinton News Herald (Ohio) - Workers in transition can find help locally from job and family services [DISTRICT MENTIONED:  Marcy Kaptur (OH-9)]

Workers in transition can find help.

Ottawa County Job and Family Services director Stephanie Kowal and Ottawa County Improvement Corp. Director Jamie Beier Grant spoke briefly at Tuesday's Port Clinton council meeting about some of the opportunities and services their organizations offer to county residents.

Kowal said jobs and family services recently received about $161,000 in federal stimulus funds for a summer jobs program. The program will employ about 45 teens, each working 35 hours weekly. [5/12/10]

San Antonio Express News (Texas) - Weatherization program finally takes off [DISTRICTS MENTIONED:  Henry Cuellar (TX-28), Charles Gonzalez (TX-20), Ciro Rodriguez (TX-23), and R-Lamar Smith (TX-21): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

…Obama administration's $5 billion weatherization program, which aims to help low-income residents to seal up their homes, lower bills and save energy. It also is supposed to create thousands of jobs in the nascent “green energy” industry.

…in Texas…the program finally is taking off.

CPS Energy, which is administering the program for the city of San Antonio -- called Casa Verde locally -- had completed 139 homes as of last week and has more than 1,000 applications in the pipeline.

M&M Weatherization, a local contractor, has increased its work force from 18 employees to 60 in three counties to handle the growing workload. The American GI Forum, a nonprofit veterans organization that works with AACOG, had a handful of workers doing weatherization but that has recently doubled and it plans to add more jobs in the coming months. [5/12/10]

Deseret News (Utah) - Utah opens weatherization training center [DISTRICT MENTIONED:  R-Rob Bishop (UT-1): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

The weatherization program is designed to help low-income homeowners save money by replacing inefficient furnaces, adding insulation and undertaking other measures to make homes more energy efficient.

[Mike] Johnson's [Manager of Utah's weatherization assistance program] team will train the 130 new weatherization workers who have been hired in Utah as a result of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money.

For the next six months, Johnson's team will train those workers, but he expects to allow the training house to be used by the construction industry, applied technology colleges, utility companies and possibly some members of the public.

The agency managed to service 158 homes in 2009. So far in 2010, Tri-County Weatherization has completed 104, thanks to stimulus funds that paid for extra workers. [5/11/10]

New Mexico Business Weekly - Nine schools get $11.3 million in grants

The state Education Department will distribute $11.3 million in federal improvement grants to nine New Mexico public schools.

The money is part of a $28.5 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act award that New Mexico received in April from the U.S. Department of Education. The grants will help persistently low-achieving Tier I public schools to improve student achievement. [5/11/10]

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