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Philadelphia Inquirer (Pennsylvania) - Pa. to fund jobs with federal stimulus money

Pennsylvania's state government will use hundreds of millions of federal stimulus dollars to provide government-subsidized jobs to up to 20,000 adults and young people.

'Together, we have the chance to make a real difference in the lives of low-income families,' [Secretary of Public Welfare Harriet] Dichter said in a statement. 'Providing them with these opportunities connects them to the workplace, lets them earn some additional income, and builds new skills that will help them to be more successful at work.'

'This program is a win-win for business, which can benefit from these subsidized jobs, and for the unemployed, who are desperately looking for work,' Dietrich said. [2/27/10]

Orlando Business Journal (Florida) - Local firms to vie for $10M in stimulus solar work

A $10 million stimulus award to retrofit up to 90 Florida K-12, colleges, and vocational and private schools that serve as emergency shelters has local businesses eyeing work opportunities.

About $8.5 million of the award will go toward installing panels on schools statewide, and the remaining $1.5 million will be used for education, training and administration.

The funds are from a $126 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act award the state got last year. The purpose is to promote job growth, work for Florida businesses and the use of renewable energy technologies in schools, said Rob Vickers, director of the Florida Energy & Climate Commission. [3/1/10]

San Bernardino County Sun (California) - Republicans, Democrats differ over impact of stimulus locally

The federal stimulus package has allocated more than $900 million for local projects, but congressional Republicans and Democrats from the Inland Empire disagree about whether the money spent so far has accomplished its main goal: creating jobs.

Rep. Joe Baca, D-San Bernardino, who voted for the stimulus bill, said it has kept more people working through the recession.

Democrats say job losses were slowed by the stimulus bill. Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Santa Fe Springs, who voted for the bill, said jobs are being created, though she acknowledged the recovery has been slow. 'The economy is still suffering, but the stimulus is working, if slower than hoped for,' Napolitano said. 'Schools have been able to keep teachers employed, and the Fairplex expansion, the re-engineering of the 71 freeway and other new projects are creating construction jobs. We are on the road to recovery.'

At least some projects in the Inland Empire seem to have been effective in creating or saving jobs, especially within local school districts, many of which would have had to lay off teachers without stimulus funds.

'We sent out 643 notices of potential layoff or reassignment last year,' said Tim McGillivray, a spokesman for the Pomona Unified School District. 'We were able to pull all those back and use that money to keep teachers.' [2/27/10]

The St. Charles Sun (Illinois) - The federal stimulus package: 1 year later

Since the economic stimulus bill was passed a little more than a year ago, millions of dollars have poured into the Fox Valley to help the poor, buy technology for schools and resurface roads.

For the most part, federal spending has moved through government agencies, which used the dollars to hire contractors and purchase equipment for projects. The money also backed loans for small businesses, helping some stay open.

'While we still have a lot more work to do to dig us out of the enormous hole we were in, it is clear that the worst of this financial crisis is behind us and that the stimulus was a key factor in triggering and sustaining the recovery,' [Congressman Bill Foster.] [2/28/10]

The Times-News (North Carolina) - Imperfect stimulus saved jobs

The federal stimulus bill passed last year helped blunt some of the worst effects of the recession in Henderson County, despite critics who argue that it was a waste of money.

Henderson County received at least $35.1 million from the federal stimulus bill in the past year for education, social services, unemployment benefits and infrastructure.

The biggest direct effect in the federal funding locally was to save the jobs of 117 teaching assistants in Henderson County classrooms. Henderson County schools would have been forced to cut those positions had the system not received $4 million through the stimulus package. The federal money helped fill the gaps left by state budget shortfalls. [2/28/10]

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