The Farmville Herald (Virginia) - Economic Recovery: Who Really Cares?
A year after the stimulus package was approved by Congress and began reaching those federal dollars into the economy, something positive is very definitely happening.
If the federal stimulus package is helping the economy recover, that's okay. It's good for the American people whose political success or ratings won't benefit from the appearance of national failure. There are some big marquee media and political types who see success for their self-interest in the demise of the Recovery Act and they would continue to proclaim its failure even in the face of its obvious positive effects.
More than $5 billion has been made available in the stimulus package for Virginia, with over $2 billion already spent. More than $230 million has been allocated for our own Fifth Congressional District. In addition to spending, more than 35 percent of the Recovery Act is in tax breaks for families and small businesses; 95 percent of working Americans got a tax cut thanks to the Recovery Act. Common sense argues that the tax breaks are helping those families and small businesses, that 95 percent of working Americans are better off with the tax cuts.
Common sense cares not whether Republicans or Democrats get the credit, nor who was right or wrong with their arguments during the Recovery Act's passage through Congress, only that the positive impact on the economy seems obvious. [3/5/10]
The Courier Journal (Kentucky and Indiana) - Broadband investment announced for S. Indiana
Ripley, Dearborn, Ohio, Switzerland, Jackson, Jennings and Jefferson -- are being targeted for an $11.4 million investment in broadband wireless technology.
U.S. Rep. Baron Hill, D-9th District, announced Thursday that Sunman Telecommunications Inc. has been selected to receive funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act allocation.
The network eventually will extend to 52,657 households, 11,025 businesses and 135 community institutions. Plans also include providing fiber optic connectivity to wireless base-station sites.
“This is major economic development news for Southern Indiana,” Hill said. “Expanding broadband is good for Hoosier households, consumers and business owners.” [3/4/10]
The Salem News (Ohio) - Stimulus broadband aid to benefit county
Columbiana County is expected to benefit from nearly $12 million in federal stimulus money awarded Ohio to help the poor and unemployed obtain high-speed Internet service and train them how to use it.
According to a news release from U.S. Rep. Charlie Wilson, ACCEL - the Appalachian Center for Collaborative and Engaged Learning - is expected to help more than 6,000 people across 10 counties it will serve, including Columbiana County, and create at least 21 jobs.
'Expanding broadband (high-speed Internet) in our area is key to expanding small businesses and creating jobs,' he said. [3/5/10]
The Herald News (Illinois) - Funds OK'd for new Joliet clinic
Federal officials have approved stimulus money for a new community health facility on the Silver Cross Hospital campus.
The federal stimulus money will go to Aunt Martha's Youth Service Center Inc., which sought $6 million to build a 20,000-square-foot facility on the Joliet hospital campus.
A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson, D-Crete, said Thursday that the money was approved this week.
'It's going to be a new facility, so it's going to mean construction jobs,' noted Halvorson spokesman Ryan Vanderbilt.
Halvorson and other members of Congress also have been working with local veterans groups on a plan to use the existing Silver Cross buildings for health care and social services for veterans. [3/5/10]
Newark Post (Delaware) - Delaware leads nation in weatherizing homes of those with low incomes
The State of Delaware had implemented the federal government's stimulus-funded low-income home weatherization program faster than any other state in America. Delaware's ranking was contained in a report by the Inspector General of the United States Department of Energy.
In the last quarter of 2009, the state's stimulus-funded low-income weatherization program supported 75 jobs. “In the context of the number of Delawareans who are unemployed, seventy-five jobs may not seem like a lot,” Lt. Gov. Matt Denn said. “But those are seventy-five Delawareans who wouldn't be working right now if this program hadn't been implemented so efficiently.” [3/4/10]
- San Francisco Business Times (California) - Stimulus fuels $21M project in S.F.'s Tenderloin
- Deseret News (Utah) - Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan details stimulus benefits
- South Bend Tribune (Indiana) - Stimulus money provides boost