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Richmond Times-Dispatch (Virginia) - Biden defends stimulus package in Henrico
Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. strongly defended the Obama administration's $787 billion economic-stimulus package yesterday, saying it has prevented the country from going into an even deeper recession.

'I ask those critics . . . would they not help prevent [layoffs] of thousands of teachers, firefighters, cops? Would they not give a tax cut to the 95 percent of the hardest-working people in America? Would they not give them an extra $68 a month [through decreased withholding taxes] to help them through it? That's billions of dollars to be poured back into the economy. . .

Without naming [Rep. Eric I.] Cantor, Biden said: 'The very guy who says this [stimulus] is not working wants to make sure you get high-speed rail. . . . Now where do you think that money is coming from?'

Biden…noted that $6.5 million from the stimulus is funding the paving of portions of Interstate 295, creating 100 new jobs. Also, a total of $24 million saved 685 jobs in law enforcement, he said. [Read More]

White House - Release: Vice President Biden Highlights Recovery Act Progress in Virginia

“Funds obligated to Virginia under the Recovery Act so far include $1.3 billion for education, $304 million for transportation and many projects in other categories.

 “…According to estimates, Recovery Act funding has cut state deficits by up to half, preventing tens of thousands of additional layoffs.

 “…The Commonwealth of Virginia has also received $24 million in JAG funds, allowing it to retain 685 jobs, including 611 full-time sworn deputy positions.

 “…Across the country, $175 billion of the Recovery Act have been committed in its first 130 days, including $43 billion in tax cuts.

 “…The act is also on pace to save or create 750,000 jobs in its first 200 days, or more than 3,000 jobs per day. [Read More]

Florida Today - Editorial: Saving jobs
Obama's economic stimulus plan already proving its worth in Florida.

Only about 20 percent of the $787 billion has been spent with most of the money going into the pipeline starting in October and running through 2010. That time release was designed because of the recession's severity and should be given a chance to work.

State officials Wednesday told Gov. Charlie Crist the money has saved 26,000 teachers' jobs, is getting badly needed road projects rolling and providing unemployment benefits to 700,000 Floridians.

In all, Florida will receive $15 billion in stimulus money over three years, including the second highest amount of highway dollars nationally.

Clearly, the state's economic situation would be far worse without the stimulus. [Read More]

CBS News - Texas Gov. Who Refused Stimulus Funds Asks for Loan
Now that the state is dire straits, however, [Texas Governor Rick] Perry is asking the federal government for a loan to cover the very expenses the rejected stimulus money would have paid for.

While Perry accepted most of the roughly $17 billion in stimulus funds allocated for Texas, the governor in March rejected $555 million that would have covered state unemployment benefits.

Now that the state's unemployment funds are depleting faster than expected, the governor is asking for a $170 million loan from the federal government, News 8 Austin reports. [Read More]

The Arizona Republic - Tempe pushing forward on stimulus funds
From a $787 billion trough, Tempe drew $6.5 million to expand a Southeast Valley bus operations center.

U.S. Rep. Harry Mitchell, D-Ariz., has praised the plan.

'The Number 1 issue everywhere is jobs,' Mitchell said in Tempe during his February State of the District Address. 'There's no silver bullet in this. (But) Arizona will do quite well with ... this...'

Robert Yabes, a Tempe planner, has helped guide the bus project…to ensure that it will meet federal government requirements.

'These are projects that are going to help Tempe . . . and the bottom line is they will eventually lead to jobs,' he said.

Yabes estimated that the project will create at least 200 jobs. [Read More]

Detroit Free Press (Michigan) - Stimulus cash to improve schools
Federal funds offered to stimulate the economy could save 192 Detroit educators' positions while infusing the city's public schools with technology, supplies, training and smaller class sizes, officials announced Thursday.

While budget cuts will result in larger class sizes in high schools next year, the stimulus funding will reduce class sizes for some elementary grades... [Read More]

St. Petersburg Times (Florida) - Port of Tampa shipyards to get $8.7 million in stimulus funds
Three shipyards at the Port of Tampa will receive a total of $8.7 million through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

'President Obama's Recovery Act continues to support the economic engines in the Tampa Bay area,'' said U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, who announced the grants Thursday. [Read More]

The Advocate (Ohio) - Licking County Transit Board granted piece of stimulus
A transportation development grant produced by federal stimulus money will help the Licking County Transit Board meet increasing demand by expanding its fleet of vehicles.

'As our economic needs change, our infrastructure must change and meet those needs,' Rep. Zack Space, D-Dover, said in a press release. 'This funding allows Licking County to increase the transportation options available to disabled and low-income residents, as well as provide much needed jobs.' [Read More]

The Evening Times (New York) - Route 169 bridge to be rehabilitated
… Construction has begun on a $1.1 million project to rehabilitate the State Route 169 Bridge over the CSX Railroad and Erie Canal in the city of Little Falls.

The project is funded through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Congressman Michael Arcuri said, “This funding will be critical to towns and counties across Central New York as they continue to see recovery bill money for much needed upgrades and repairs to aging roads and bridges across the region. I join the governor in offering my continued support to these projects and look forward to continued progress across Central New York thanks to the recovery bill.” [Read More]

Foster's Daily Democrat (New Hampshire) - Federal funds pave way for Farmington wastewater plant upgrade
The town will receive $10.5 million in federal stimulus funds to repair and rebuild its 33-year-old wastewater treatment facility, which is at capacity and officials say is hindering growth in the community.

U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, both Granite State Democrats, announced that the town was selected to receive $10,501,000 in funding through a $5,882,000 grant and a $4,619,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development's Water and Environmental Program. [Read More]

American Chronicle (California) - Washington Will Get $23 Million to Weatherize Homes, Inslee Announces
U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) announced that the U.S. Department of Energy released $23,818,030 to Washington state for weatherizing homes of low-income families, thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

'Efficiency is the cheapest fuel,' said Inslee. 'The weatherization program helps families spend an average of 32 percent less on their home heating bills. As well, it creates jobs here in Washington as we train people to install new windows, put in new insulation, run energy audits and more. This ARRA funding today is good news for Washington state.' [Read More]

Contra Costa Times (California) - U.S. gives Vallejo $300,000 for neighborhood recovery
Vallejo is getting more than $300,000 in federal neighborhood recovery funds, Rep. George Miller's, D-Martinez, office announced Thursday.

City staff estimates the Benson Street project will create 30 full-time construction jobs for up to six weeks. The Crest job will create nine full-time jobs for about a week, they estimate.

'These funds are a critical investment in our communities and are part of our larger effort to create good paying jobs for Californians,' Miller said. [Read More]

The Telegraph Herald (Iowa) - Editorial: Give stimulus a chance to work
Turn the calendar back a few months when the first stimulus package was announced. What was the message from the Obama administration? 'This is not a quick fix. Be patient. This stimulus will build jobs over time.'

Now, we're ready to say it isn't working fast enough? Or maybe what we really need is another one? So much for patience.

Before we pile more debt on taxpayers' shoulders, we need to give the first stimulus package a chance to work. [Read More]

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