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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

The Evening Tribune (New York) - Massa says stimulus bill working

Last February President Barack Obama passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, with the intent to create and retain jobs, urge economic activity and growth, and create new forms of transparency and accountability throughout the nation.

Now a year later, the economic stimulus bill is working, Congressman Eric Massa said during Tuesday's conference call with reporters.

One in five teachers in the state of New York owe their current employment to the Economic Recovery Act, including teachers in my area, Corning,” Massa said. He added that the stimulus bill has helped with Medicaid costs.

“No legislation is ever perfect,” he said. “No one said it was going to solve all our problems. The bill was passed to be a two-year program to create financial stability and end the economic downturn. It's not so we're digging ourselves out of a 300-foot hole, but a 30-foot hole.” [2/24/10]

Houston Chronicle (Texas) - Stimulus funds creating jobs for Houston scientists

Approximately 1,300 jobs have been saved or created for scientists in the Houston area, thanks to National Institutes of Health stimulus funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signed into law last year by President Barack Obama. Houston-area researchers have been awarded 311 grants totaling $121 million from NIH stimulus funds this fiscal year alone.

…recent funding of novel and innovative projects through the Recovery and Reinvestment Act will translate into increased visibility for the city, aiding in recruiting first-class scientists, and strengthen Houston's position as a leader in biomedical research.

…the positions saved or created by these funds are jobs that often address the most pressing medical issues facing the nation. Maintaining the health of the people in a society is critical to maintaining its economy.

Consistent advancement in biomedical research is essential for maintaining the well-being of Houstonians and the economic stability of Houston. ARRA funds from the NIH have contributed greatly to furthering this cause. [2/24/10]

Grapevine Courier (Texas) - DFW Connector Work Underway

By 2014, the highway system that currently crams 30 lanes of traffic into a narrow, six-lane corridor, forces traffic onto William D. Tate Avenue to switch highways and causes dangerous weaves just to switch lanes will be overhauled and replaced with the massive DFW Connector.

A combination of funding will be used, including $667 million in gas taxes and $250 million in federal stimulus funds.

The DFW Connector has received the single largest contribution from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) for any project in the country, not just highway projects. The groundbreaking occurred on the one-year anniversary of Obama signing ARRA into law.

Victor Mendez, an FHA administrator, told the crowd that the DFW Connector symbolizes 'everything the Recovery Act is all about.'

'Six hundred men and women will have jobs working on the Connector project the next four years. It's really a shot for the local economy.' [2/23/10]

McCook Daily Gazette (Nebraska) - Stimulus tax relief helps grow our economy

This week, thanks to tax cuts passed a year ago, more than 680,000 Nebraskans will keep about $6.7 million their hard-earned money. People will spend it how they like and not have to send it off to Washington. They kept another $6.7 million last week. They'll keep another $6.7 million next week.

That is happening because of something that doesn't get a lot of attention: The stimulus package Congress passed a year ago this month had major tax relief for thousands of Nebraskans and Nebraska businesses.

People are finding new jobs, hanging onto the ones they've got, and Nebraska's economy is moving ahead and not stagnating.

In Nebraska and across the country people have debated how many jobs the stimulus bill--both its tax relief and targeted spending--created. This week, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office weighed in and caught my attention. The CBO estimates that the stimulus created or saved 1 million to 2.1 million jobs by the end of last year. That's good news. [2/24/10]

The Pantagraph (Illinois) - Daley announces education program in 13 hospitals

Mayor Richard Daley has announced a program to provide current health care workers with the education they need to move up in their organizations, creating job opportunities for new workers.

The program is called 'School at Work' and is funded with $176,544 from the federal economic stimulus program.

An eight-month online curriculum is serving 150 employees at 13 local hospitals. [2/25/10]

The St. Louis American (Missouri) - ‘Pathways Out of Poverty' $3.3M federal grant funds regional green jobs workforce development

On Feb. 17, Better Family Life, Inc., the managing partner at the MET Center, announced that the center will be able to train 900…with its $3.3 million Pathways Out of Poverty federal grant.

The grant requires applicants to be unemployed, high school dropouts or to have criminal records.

As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the grant intends to get struggling individuals on a path of economic self-sufficiency by employing them in energy-efficiency and renewable-energy industries.

The new funding allows the MET Center to increase training in three industries: energy-efficient building construction and retrofit, renewable electric power industry, and biofuels. [2/25/10]

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