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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 Bush economic and fiscal policies created the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression -- with job losses of nearly 800,000 a month -- and nearly doubled our national debt. Democrats in Congress will continue to take America in a New Direction, working to create American jobs and a strong new foundation for our economy, protecting Main Street and the middle class. 

The Courier Journal (Kentucky) - Kentucky gets $176 million to shore up school budgets [MEMBER MENTIONED: John Yarmuth: (KY-3)]

The U.S. Department of Education has approved an additional $176 million in federal stimulus funds that will help Kentucky save jobs of teachers in the coming year.

The funds mean that Kentucky has now been allocated more than $1 billion in education funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, passed in 2009 to stimulate a staggering national economy.

Gov. Steve Beshear announced in February that 7,375 education-related jobs, most of them teaching positions, were preserved through stimulus funding as of the end of 2009.

“While budgets are tight, we simply cannot afford to neglect the education of our children in Kentucky,” U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, said in a statement. [4/25/10]

WISC CBS-3 (Wisconsin) - Baldwin Highlights Jobs Created By Stimulus Grant [MEMBER MENTIONED: Tammy Baldwin (WI-2)]

U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin was in Madison Friday to show how a Wisconsin stimulus grant is creating jobs.

Baldwin said an American Recovery and Reinvestment Grant for health information technology created as least 25 new jobs.

Baldwin said health information technology can help people stay healthy by giving doctors access to complete medical records.

'The implementation and adoption of health information technology is also going to create jobs, lower the cost of health care, improve patient safety and improve the quality of care Wisconsin patients can expect to receive,' Baldwin said. [4/23/10]

The Times Standard (California) - Stimulus funding puts more than 100 people back to work in Humboldt County [DISTRICT MENTIONED: Mike Thompson (CA-1)]

…Humboldt County employment agencies have been able to place more than 100 unemployed people through a federally subsidized employment program

The program, instituted by the county's Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), allows employers to hire employees whose salaries are subsidized by stimulus dollars.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act pays for 80 percent of the total costs of placement and employment, including wages, supervision and training for low-income workers who meet the requirements. [4/25/10]

WFOR CBS-4 (Florida) - Report: Stimulus Saves 150,000 Jobs In Florida

…the bill…helped save the jobs of over 150 thousand workers in Florida, according to the Federal Council of Economic Advisers.

Stimulus spending in Florida increased for the first three months of the year and saved or created the equivalent of 33,218 full-time jobs… [4/26/10]

San Angelo Standard Times (Texas) - UPDATES: Stimulus funding to grow rural broadband

A total of $7.2 billion in federal stimulus funding has been allocated to Texas for increasing broadband accessibility in rural areas, said Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples.

Staples said the funding will help rural town libraries, hospitals and schools expand broadband services.

According to research, 173,000 jobs could be created in Texas through broadband expansion. [4/25/10]

Palladium Item (Indiana) - Federal stimulus dollars fund Young Hoosiers Conservation Corps

Applications are being accepted for workers for the Young Hoosiers Conservation Corps (YHCC), a program that puts youth to work at Department of Natural Resources properties and with the Indiana Department of Transportation.

In its second year, YHCC will expand to include positions at more than 30 INDOT and 80 DNR locations.

YHCC will provide opportunities to approximately 2,000 low-income Hoosiers ages 18 to 24. [4/24/10]

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