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Associated Press - Biden touts jobs created by stimulus in Florida

Vice President Joe Biden told construction workers he knows people are frustrated with the pace of economic recovery, but said Monday federal stimulus spending is working and even more jobs will be created as more transportation projects get started.

Biden, who appeared with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., predicted the stimulus will continue to create jobs as the year progresses.

'More shovels are going to be going into the ground this spring and this summer than any time last year,' Biden said, adding that in Florida it 'means 15,000 guys wearing hard hats and engineers and surveyors, people who are able to make a decent wage and raise a family on, are going to be put to work.'

'We're making sure that when we do this work, it's part of a larger plan, a plan that sparks widespread economic activity, a plan that creates jobs throughout communities, a plan that ensures that we come out of this recession better prepared to lead in the 21st century than we did going in,' said Biden, adding that there are 12,500 road projects across the country being paid through the stimulus. [3/1/10]

Denver Post (Colorado) - Nancy Pelosi visits Colorado, praises plans for U.S. 36

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi praised Colorado's decade-long, bipartisan effort to get traffic moving along U.S. 36 during a visit here Monday where she also touted the impact of federal economic recovery money.

A room full of mayors, transportation officials, various City Council members and business people listened as the California Democrat and U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, talked about the impact of a $10 million stimulus grant to a U.S. 36 traffic project.

'The recovery act was designed to reward effectiveness, to reward entrepreneurial thinking, to think in new fresh different ways. You are entrepreneurial in your thinking,' Pelosi said. [3/2/10]

Daily Press (Michigan) - Economic equation: Stimulus equals jobs

The stimulus package has translated into jobs for millions of Americans, and thousands of Michiganders, who would otherwise be without work, and it was one of the important moves that kept the worst recession in decades from becoming a second Great Depression.

The largest component of the stimulus, almost $290 billion, was in tax cuts.

The next largest component was about $224 billion for spending on extended unemployment benefits and aid to state and local governments - aid that means thousands of Michigan teachers, police officers, firefighters and others are providing vital services today instead of standing in unemployment lines.

The final third is money for government grants and contracts, such as spending on road and bridge projects…These projects will provide both a short-term boost to local employment and the long-term benefits of better infrastructure.

The stimulus package did what it was intended to do: prevent a depression and establish the building blocks for recovery. There is no question that we have much more work to do. But it's important as we begin the debate on new job-creation measures that we keep in mind what has already worked. [3/2/10]

Carolina Weekly (North Carolina) - Officers funded by federal stimulus about to hit the street

The results of an $8.5 million investment in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are about to hit the street in the Mountain Island area.

The money, awarded to Charlotte through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's COPS Hiring Recovery Program, was used to hire 50 police officers and represents one of the largest impacts the 1-year-old stimulus program has had on Mountain Island. [3/1/10]

Salisbury Post (North Carolina) - Hagan tours renovations at VA

U.S. Sen. Kay R. Hagan stopped in Salisbury this morning to see work being funded by federal stimulus dollars at the W.G. 'Bill' Hefner VA Medical Center.

Hagan took a brief tour of a building being renovated to house medical students in residency at the hospital. It's one of four projects being paid for with $5.7 million in stimulus funding, the senator said.

VA officials say the projects will provide between 15 and 20 jobs apiece at any given time, with about 80 percent of those filled by local workers.

Hagan pointed out that North Carolina has been awarded $8.6 billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and said people need to understand that funding is 'putting people back to work,' which she called her 'No. 1 focus' in 2010. [3/1/10]

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