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Bismarck Tribune (North Dakota) - Stimulus creates more than 2,000 jobs in North Dakota

Federal stimulus money has created the equivalent of more than 2,000 full-time jobs in North Dakota and has brought millions into the city of Bismarck and Burleigh County.

Figures presented to the legislative Budget Section by the Office of Management and Budget show that government entities in Bismarck area have gotten more than $3.8 million in stimulus money.

The majority of that money went to the city of Bismarck -- more than $2.6 million, which came in the form of grants for hiring police officers, investing in public transportation, improvements to low-income housing and energy efficiency projects.

The state, another major employer for Bismarck residents, received more than $604 million in stimulus funds, which were distributed through various agencies. OMB records show an equivalent of 42 full-time state jobs were funded with stimulus money, while 2,057 non-state jobs were funded with stimulus money. [3/11/10]

Wall Street Journal - Economists Credit Fed For Alleviating Crisis

Thirty-eight of the 54 surveyed economistssaid the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act boosted growth and mitigated job losses

On average, economists estimated that the stimulus added one percentage point to growth in 2009; they forecast gross domestic product would expand 3% this year, compared with 2.2% in the absence of stimulus. They estimated that the February unemployment rate, reported at 9.7% last week, would have been 10.4% without the stimulus. [3/12/10]

Southwest News Herald-City (Illinois) - Englewood Flyover Gets Stimulus Funds

Gov. Pat Quinn, U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.) and Cong. Dan Lipinski (D-3rd) were on hand to highlight federal funding for the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) Program's Englewood Flyover in Chicago.

The project received $133 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program to build a rail flyover in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood that will significantly reduce rail congestion. The project will create nearly 1,500 Illinois jobs.

“This $133 million project will not only move the rail industry forward, it will also bring thousands of jobs to the area and keep Chicago as the hub of our nation's transportation network,” [Governor Pat Quinn.] [3/11/10] (Massachusetts) - Fairhaven touted for green projects using stimulus money

Close to $8 million in federal stimulus money is streaming into Fairhaven for green projects.

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., said Fairhaven's use of stimulus funding meets a major goal of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) by creating green jobs.

'It's very nice to see Fairhaven be at the forefront of our environmental efforts,' Frank said. 'This is an extraordinarily important effort, not only for the town but as a model for the country.'

'Putting people to work in an environmentally sensitive way is a good thing on all accounts,' he said. [3/11/10]

The Detroit News (Michigan) - Mich. schools to get $430M more in fed stimulus funds

Michigan is due to get another $429.78 million in stimulus money for schools, the Department of Education announced today.

The state has received $2.77 billion in money through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a statement that Michigan won the money by providing data on successful educational reform programs in place in the state's classrooms. [3/11/10]

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