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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Speaker Pelosi Statement - Recovery Funds for Law Enforcement
Today, Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder announced that $1 billion in grants were awarded to law enforcement agencies across the country through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to create and preserve jobs.

“Our law enforcement officers are brave men and women who protect our nation by risking their lives as part of their daily duties. I am pleased that we can show our gratitude by saving their jobs and creating more job opportunities with these vital funds provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.” [Read More]

Bipartisan National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) - State Budget Update: July 2009

“2009 will mark one of the most difficult years in history for state budgets. The fiscal challenges are enormous, widespread and, unfortunately, far from over.

“If the process was made any easier, credit goes to the federal stimulus funds provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Without that money, state fiscal problems would have been even more severe...” [Read More]

New York Times - In Tennessee Corner, Stimulus Meets New Deal
… here in central Tennessee, hundreds of workers are again drawing paychecks after many months out of work, thanks to a novel use of federal stimulus money by state officials.

The state decided to spend some of its money to try to reduce unemployment by up to 40 percent here in Perry County, a rural county of 7,600 people, 90 miles southwest of Nashville where the unemployment rate had risen to above 25 percent after its biggest plant, the auto parts factory, closed.

They are using welfare money from the stimulus package to subsidize 300 new jobs across Perry County, with employers ranging from the state Transportation Department to the milkshake place near the high school. [Read More]

Fort Morgan Times (Colorado) - Stimulus funds could bring high-speed Internet to county
If Viaero Wireless successfully taps some American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus money, it could mean much more access to high-speed Internet in Morgan County and surrounding areas.

U.S. Rep. Betsy Markey was on hand… to see exactly what would be possible under the new system.

Markey said the technology can also allow hospitals to send out medical information to Front Range specialists and receive opinions back, or it can allow students in small rural schools to take subjects like German or college classes their districts cannot afford.

“This is critical for (rural) economic development,” she said. [Read More]

Desoto Times Tribune (Mississippi) - MDOT: ARRA project to employ 125

Stimulus monies will help fund seven projects in DeSoto County, including one federal transportation project that will create more than 125 jobs, Mississippi Department of Transportation officials said Friday.

MDOT District Construction Engineer Jesse Stewart said the 125 jobs is a conservative figure. [Read More]

Phoenix Business Journal (Arizona) - Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon: Stimulus is creating local jobs

In March, federal officials announced that $28 million in stimulus money was earmarked for Sky Harbor construction. That included a $10.5 million award for Taxiway C…

“Without the stimulus, I would still be out of a job,” said [Phoenix native James] Ceaton, an equipment operator stationed at the airport. “I do know a lot of people looking for work.”

Some of them have been hired by Ames [Construction Inc.] for the taxiway project, which is expected to create 285 jobs by the time it's completed in February 2010. [Read More]

The Olympian (Washington) - Young workers beat economy
Janell Stephens, 17, … is one of about 190 people between the ages of 14 and 24 that Community Youth Services has placed with nearly 80 employers throughout Thurston County. In Grays Harbor, Pacific, Mason and Lewis counties, Educational Service District 113 runs a similar program, which employs about 400 young people.

Throughout Washington, local counties received about $19.9 million for youth employment programs from the federal recovery money, and at least 3,300 young people have been employed through programs funded with federal stimulus money... [Read More]

Bangor Daily News (Maine) - Interior chief touts funding at Acadia National Park
Investment in the park under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signed earlier this year by the president includes $170,000 to replace safety and informational signs, $2.2 million to resurface roads and parking lots, $844,000 to repair culverts and headwalls, $268,000 to remove unneeded buildings and $4.4 million to rehabilitate roads and parking areas at the Schoodic Education and Research Center…

[U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken] Salazar said more than 2.2 million people visit the park every year, generating $145 million in visitor spending and supporting nearly 3,000 local jobs. [Read More]

The Mountaineer (North Carolina) - Editorial: Stimulus funds, while stingy, are helping where it counts
Most of the stimulus funds have been used to extend benefits such as food stamps, unemployment benefits or for special education and low-income programs at schools.

While these funds won't leave a lasting monument, they are providing a bridge to make a difference where it counts during rough times -- in the lives of people.

One program that has a great ability to make a difference is a summer youth jobs program for a group that could well benefit from catching a break...

The Alternative Learning Center in Haywood County received $150,000 -- enough to implement a green initiative and provide funds for 35 students to earn about $3,000 this summer as they explored a possible career option and learned basic job skills. The center, aimed at helping dropouts either return to school or obtain their GED, has a proven track record, with more than 150 success stories to show for the effort.

It is a record worth applauding. [Read More]

Santa Barbara News-Press (California) - Stimulus projects to put pedal to the metal
About a million dollars in federal stimulus funds were put to work yesterday when two transportation projects kicked off in Santa Barbara County.

The first of these projects is a countywide concrete repair project that will repair and replace various locations throughout the county…

The contract for this project, which will target unincorporated areas of Goleta, Vandenberg Village and Orcutt, was given to D-Kal Engineering out of San Luis Obispo, who will put 21 employees to work on the project's plans. [Read More]

Chillicothe Gazette (Ohio) - Stimulus funds help create improvement team
Utilizing funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, a new Community Assistance Team has formed and is available to help community organizations and individuals throughout Ross County.

In addition to general community work, the team also has helped income-eligible individuals and families with painting, minor home repairs, lawn care, weed control, trash removal and other requested services. [Read More]

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