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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

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New York Times - Stimulus Counterfactual

without the stimulus, overall government spending would have dropped sharply because state and local spending was dropping sharply.

The fact that state and local governments didn't have to make drastic cuts at the nadir of the Great Recession is one more sign that the stimulus, despite its imperfections, has worked. And it helps explain why all of the non-ideological analyses of the program -- by the Congressional Budget Office, by Macroeconomic Advisers, by IHS Global Insight, by Moody's Analytics -- suggest the stimulus is responsible for something like 2.5 million jobs that would not otherwise exist today. [7/27/10]

The Middletown Press (Connecticut) - State to get more than $146 million in additional recovery funds

[MEMBERS MENTIONED: John Larson (CT-1), Joe Courtney (CT-2), Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), Jim Himes (CT-4), and Chris Murphy (CT-5)]

An additional $146 million was made available today to Connecticut through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The funds were announced by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and represent the second phase of a State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF) grant.

The money will be used to save and create education jobs, while also supporting programs that drive education reform. The application required that the state provide data that lays the foundation for reform, including in the areas of teacher and principal evaluation and student growth. The state recently reported that recovery dollars have been used to provide funding for more than 4,200 education jobs from January 1 to March 31.

These Recovery Act funds will make critical investments in our local schools at a time when many communities across the country are facing budget cuts. As we continue to weather this recession, we must ensure that the quality of our children's education does not suffer. These funds make critical investments in our educational system, and will help to sustain education jobs throughout Connecticut,” said Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03). “I look forward to seeing the positive results from these Recovery Act funds in the years and generations to come.” [7/26/10]

Boston Herald (Massachusetts) - Youths cash in on summer job surge

Thousands of Hub youths who were facing a hot summer with no job prospects are cashing their first paychecks this weekend thanks to a last-minute infusion of state money that supporters say will keep the streets safer.

Some 2,000 low-income Boston young people working as deckhands, gardeners, office clerks and camp counselors cashed paychecks on Friday - for many it was the first time they had money in their pockets all summer.

Community organizations that fought for youth summer jobs are saluting Gov. Deval Patrick for coming through with millions to put 4,700 kids to work statewide - about twice the number of jobs last year. In the Boston area, 3,500 kids will have summer jobs - up from 2,200 last year.

About $8 million in state dollars, and $3 million in federal stimulus funds paid for 6,300 summer jobs. [7/25/10]

KYTV NBC-3 (Missouri) - Youth program aims to improve Missouri state parks, create new jobs

The [State Parks Youth] Corps is a program started by Governor Jay Nixon in hopes of both putting people to work, and improving the state's parks.  The workers, who must be between the ages of 17 and 24 and meet certain income guidelines, are paid minimum wage.  The funds come from a nearly $8-million federal economic stimulus grant.

1,000 workers have spent the summer cleaning the parks, and building new pathways and picnic areas.  Others have been involved with performing archeological digs and administrative duties. [7/24/10]

Associated Press - Biden touts stimulus projects in national park

Hundreds of stimulus-funded projects under way in national parks across the U.S. are long-overdue upgrades to the country's neglected 'national jewels,' Vice President Joe Biden said Monday.

Biden began a two-day tour highlighting Recovery Act projects in Yellowstone and Grand Canyon national parks by speaking to about 100 park workers, contractors and their families in the scenic Madison Valley, where the famous Madison River is formed in the shadow of 7,500-foot National Park Mountain.

He said some $750 million in stimulus money has gone to about 800 national park projects, which have created jobs in tough times. But, he added, the projects would have been necessary even if the economy was good to protect the parks and reduce man's footprint there.

There are 14 different stimulus-funded projects worth $12.4 million under way or completed in Yellowstone, according to park officials. [7/26/10]

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