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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. 

WBIR NBC-10 (Tennessee) - Scott Co. unemployed now on the job with TDOT [DISTRICT MENTIONED: Lincoln Davis (TN-4)]

Fifty new Tennessee Department of Transportation workers are going through training this week in Scott County.    All were hired with funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

On April 8, Governor Phil Bredesen announced the plan to use the stimulus money to put 150 Scott County residents back to work.  A third of those positions were highway maintenance jobs with TDOT. 

The highway maintenance workers will help to pick up litter, clear brush, clear out culverts, paint, and perform other maintenance duties in and around the TDOT facilities. [5/5/10] (New Hampshire) - UNH serves state as green jobs resource [DISTRICTS MENTIONED: Carol Shea-Porter (NH-1) and Paul Hodes (NH-2)]

On Monday, Gov. John Lynch and University of New Hampshire President Mark W. Huddleston announced the first five businesses selected for support by the Green Launching Pad, a partnership between the state, UNH and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation to help innovative companies bring new products to market and create jobs.

The governor has provided $750,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus) funds to enable UNH to partner with home-grown New Hampshire businesses to create jobs.

The Green Launching Pad is one of more than 1,000 ARRA projects in New Hampshire.

'The ideas and the products that will be nurtured by the Green Launching Pad will help create good jobs, strengthen New Hampshire's economy for the future, and reduce harmful pollution,' Lynch said. [5/5/10]

Deseret News (Utah) - Federal recovery funds have helped struggling Utahns

Despite the widespread attitude in Utah that anything federal is nothing but bad, the Salt Lake Community Action Program reported Wednesday that 92 jobs were created locally in the first quarter of this year directly because of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

During that same time period, the non-profit agency providing low-income Utahns a range of helps to find ways to become self-reliant spread more than $2.5 million to provide temporary rent assistance that prevented eviction of more than 170 families.

The resources of the recovery act are having immediate positive impact through several programs that are helping through hard times and that offer good jobs to those most affected by widespread layoffs and dwindling available jobs, said Cathy Hoskins, CAP executive director.

Fifty of the new jobs created this year from recovery act funding were for the weatherization program. [5/5/10]

Business First of Louisville (Kentucky) - Kentucky gets stimulus funds for seniors

The Kentucky Department for Aging and Independent Living has received $600,000 in federal stimulus funding to create chronic disease self-management programs aimed at preventing or delaying disability.

A network of statewide trainers will reach out to at least 800 Kentucky senior citizens…

The program's goal is to help participants increase energy levels, decrease health distress and improve flexibility, strength and endurance, and to decrease hospitalizations among participants. [5/5/10]

WPBN NBC 7&4 (Michigan) - Stimulus Money Used To Renovate Native American Housing [DISTRICT MENTIONED: Bart Stupak (MI-1)]

Stimulus money is being used to fix up 500 homes in the Upper Peninsula, 80 are in Sault Ste. Marie.

It's part of the $500 million dollars that was given to Native American tribes across the country.

For the 80 housing units in Sault Sainte Marie, $1.2 million has been granted.  The money will be used to put up vinyl siding, upgrade windows, and install energy-efficient furnaces.

The project has employed 45 workers. [5/5/10]

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