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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

The Post-Standard (New York) - Rep. Dan Maffei showcases program spurred by stimulus funds

Rep. Dan Maffei, D-DeWitt, Wednesday visited a program that trains people to weatherize homes to showcase how the federal stimulus package is creating jobs and making homes more energy efficient.

Onondaga County has received about $6 million so far from of the $5 billion in stimulus money set aside nationally for weatherizing homes and training people to do the work. New York has received $394 million in stimulus money for weatherization.

The weatherization programs, which train workers, provide work for others and warmer, energy-efficient homes for low-income families, shows that the stimulus program is working, Maffei said.

“We can create jobs in this region even as our factories are closing,” he said. [3/7/10]

The Citizen (New Hampshire) - Shea-Porter strolls WOW Trail; calls it example of stimulus benefit

Saying the $787 billion America Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 had a tangible, positive effect in New Hampshire, 1st District Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter took a walk Wednesday afternoon along a local example of the so-called federal 'economic stimulus' spending: Phase I of the WOW recreational trail.

Part of what supporters hope one day will be a 10-mile-long trail that connects lakes Winnisquam, Opechee and Winnipesaukee -- hence the 'WOW' name -- Phase I, said Shea-Porter, is 'absolutely the kind of project we envisioned' would be paid for by the ARRA funds.

ARRA projects 'attract money into a community,' said Shea-Porter, adding that federal money is 'everywhere' in the 1st District from North Conway, to Rochester, Dover and Laconia. [4/8/10]

Detroit Free Press (Michigan) - $6.8M U.S. grant to let Flint rehire firefighters

Flint has received a $6.8 million federal stimulus grant that could allow the struggling city to recall recently laid-off firefighters.

U.S. Rep. Dale Kildee, D-Flint, says Flint should be able to rehire 39 firefighters.

Democratic U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow say the money comes from $7 million in Homeland Security Department grants to state emergency responders. [4/8/10]

KWCH CBS-12 (Kansas) - Kansas to Receive 121 Million Dollars for Education

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that Kansas will receive more than $121 million from the federal government. The money will help offset pending cuts to education by the legislature.

The money is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed by Congress and signed by President Obama last year.

Kansas has already received more than $710 million in stimulus funds. That money has helped to save or create 3,800 education jobs across the state. [3/7/10]

WRTV ABC-6 (Indiana) - Indiana Hiring 2,000 For Summer Jobs

Indiana's Young Hoosiers Conservation Corps is accepting applications for about 2,000 summer jobs with the Departments of Transportation and Natural Resources.

The state is using about $12 million in federal stimulus funds for the jobs, which are open to residents of all but one of Indiana's 92 counties.

The work includes creating recreational trails, restoring natural habitats, emergency road cleanups and traffic sign maintenance. [4/8/10]

The Tennessean - Marshall County to get jobs boost from stimulus

Up to 175 out-of-work residents of Marshall County, which has the state's highest unemployment rate, will get jobs through September funded by a federal stimulus program, the state said Wednesday morning.

'This jobs package will put people back to work and provide some much-needed assistance to these residents who are feeling the effects of this economic downturn,' Gov. Phil Bredesen said in a statement. 'One of the primary goals of the Recovery Act is to put people back to work, and I'm glad the state can bring this assistance to Marshall County residents during these tough times.'

The newly funded positions will include 50 highway maintenance jobs in the Tennessee Department of Transportation and an additional 125 positions in private sector companies seeking to hire additional workers. [4/8/10]

The Boston Globe (Massachusetts) - Mass. is getting $3.2m in health care training grants

Massachusetts has been allocated $3.2 million in federal grants designed to help train the state's work force for careers in health care, the office of Governor Deval L. Patrick announced today.

'The funds have been awarded to 16 work force investment boards that have partnered with health care businesses and community colleges to provide training to both unemployed and incumbent workers to prepare for health careers,' Patrick's office said in a press release.

The federal funds are in the form of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants, Patrick's office added. [4/8/10]

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