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FOX Business - Governor Rendell Says Federal Stimulus Continues to Help Stabilize Economy, Put Pennsylvanians to Work

Governor Edward G. Rendell today said that more than 4,200 full-time equivalent jobs were funded directly by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in Pennsylvania in the fourth quarter of 2009. Investments in the first 10 months translate into more than $1,100 per household in the state.

'We are beginning to see signs the economy is pulling out of the recession,' Governor Rendell said. 'We have much more work to do and our continued quick, efficient and transparent investment of Recovery Act funds will help stabilize and boost our state's economy.

'Infrastructure projects are creating and sustaining thousands of direct jobs included in federal reports and many thousands more indirect jobs that provide paychecks to workers, but don't show up in the official tallies,' Governor Rendell said. 'In addition to providing jobs now, the Recovery Act is helping Pennsylvania create long-term assets that will benefit future generations.' [1/11/10]

Fast Lane (U.S. Secretary of Transportation) - AP misses the transportation stimulus jobs forest for the trees

Today, the Associated Press published an article skeptical of transportation stimulus spending's effect on employment. Now, I'm all for a vigilant press to help keep our government effective. But this story is missing the point. This Administration's transportation stimulus spending is putting people to work.

Just last week, the Census Bureau reported that highway and street construction spending in November was 5.7% higher than it was in November a year ago, and other public transportation construction spending was up 18.8% from a year ago.

In absolute terms, overall public construction rose by $8.3 billion in November 2009 from November a year ago.  All of that (more than all of that) was accounted for by highways, streets, and other public transportation construction projects, which rose by $9.2 billion.

So, on top of tens of thousands of laid-off workers back on the job, Federal stimulus spending is reducing that drastic shortfall in other public transportation spending, making it possible for tens of thousands of workers to retain their jobs and never even hit the unemployment rolls. [1/11/10]

WJAR NBC-10 (Rhode Island) - DOT: Stimulus money producing jobs in RI

Rhode Island has received $137 million in federal stimulus funds earmarked for road construction and that has produced jobs, according to the state Department of Transportation.

[Kazen] Farhoumand [Chief Engineer, Rhode Island DOT] said $45 million of the stimulus money has been spent on 44 projects. He said when all the money is spent more than 1,600 jobs will have been created, most filled by Rhode Islanders.

On Tuesday, Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse will be in Johnston to award $3.5 million in stimulus money for sidewalks and road construction, creating more than three dozen jobs. [1/11/10]

WIBC 93.1FM (Indiana) - Indiana Companies Receive Stimulus Funding 

Today, the Associated Press published an article skeptical of transportation stimulus spending's effect on employment. Now, I'm all for a vigilant press to help keep our government effective. But this story is missing the point. This Administration's transportation stimulus spending is putting people to work.

Columbus-based diesel engine maker Cummins, Inc. will receive $54 million from the federal stimulus package to expand existing projects designed to increase fuel-efficiency.

Of the $184 million in stimulus money assigned around the country Monday, Indiana companies will receive roughly half. Cummins will take the lions share of funding and direct it toward existing research on greening heavy-duty truck engines.

The grants will fund 160 jobs at Cummins. Fort Wayne's Navistar will also receive $37 million from the grant, which will create 200 jobs. [1/11/10]

KTVZ NBC-21 (Oregon) - $40M grant called boost to Daimler Portland plant

Oregon political leaders say a $40 million grant to improve the fuel efficiency of big trucks should help firm up the future of Daimler AG's operations in Portland.

On Monday, the Obama administration said nine projects, including Daimler's, would share $187 million in federal stimulus money for efficiency projects such as smaller engines and better aerodynamics.

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley said the Daimler grant is expected to result in 85 jobs in the first year and 400 long term. [1/11/10]

The Marion Star (Ohio) - Stimulus dollars to create jobs in Bucyrus

Nearly $20 million in federal stimulus dollars are headed toward the Bucyrus General Electric Lighting plant, the Obama administration announced Friday.

Meghan Dubyak, a spokeswoman for U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, said the $19.8 million tax credit would function more as a 'cash-back grant program' to be received by GE Lighting once a new production line at the plant goes operational. It's part of an ongoing state and federal effort to save 185 jobs at the plant and create 100 more. [1/12/10]

The Star-Ledger (New Jersey) - Elizabeth swears-in 18 new police officers

By summer, Elizabeth will have 18 new police officers, and the city has to foot the bill for only one of them.

The rest of the recruits will be paid through a $4.9 million federal grant that provides funding to law enforcement agencies, Mayor Chris Bollwage said during a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall.

The Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Recovery Program is intended to create and preserve 5,000 jobs nationwide, Bollwage said, and Elizabeth has received the lion's share from this program statewide.

'The commitment to the stimulus package is the reason they are here today,' said Bollwage. [1/11/10]

Taunton Daily Gazette (Massachusetts) - State to utilize federal funding for employment services

State officials announced a plan Monday to invest $8 million in federal stimulus funds into re-employment services programs at 37 local career centers across Massachusetts.

The two-year program, which is funded through a $4 million investments this year and next year, has been up and running since November, but wasn't formally unveiled until Monday. The new re-employment services initiative has already worked with 37,000 people in the two months since it's been operational. Taylor hopes it will serve 130,000 over this year and next.

The re-employment services programs support the unemployed by offering job seekers skill assessments, job search techniques, and resume development workshops. They are tailored to each career center's customer base and include: comprehensive job search inventories, career action plans, exploring options to upgrade customers' current skills, connections to community resources, redesigned career center curriculum and support groups. [1/11/10]