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Associated Press - CBO: Stimulus bill created up to 2.1 million jobs

A new report by congressional economists says the economic stimulus law produced jobs for 1 million to 2.1 million people by the end of last year.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office study says the $862 billion stimulus added between 1.5 to 3.5 percentage points to the growth of the economy. The controversial stimulus law combined tax breaks for individuals and businesses with lots of government spending.

The report reflects agreement among economists that the measure boosted the economy. [2/23/10]

The Register-Herald (West Virginia) - Rahall: Without stimulus, country would have plunged into depression

Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., says…without the stimulus package pushed by the Obama administration, the jobless rate would have skyrocketed.

“I strongly believe the rise (in the jobless rate) would have been higher had it not been for the stimulus package. It was a brand new initiative to put his (President Obama's) mark on trying to bring us back from the brink of a depression and putting America back in the most expeditious fashion he can.”

Rahall said the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has translated into new jobs in West Virginia and some highway projects, among them another link in the Z-Way in Beckley.

Besides road construction, Rahall said, the idea also has opened the door to expand broadband in the state. [2/21/10]

The Tampa Tribune (Florida) - East Tampa clinic aims to provide health care, jobs

East Tampa community leaders and city officials today broke ground for a clinic intended to provide badly needed health care and jobs.

Nearly $1.3 million of the $3.8 million construction costs will be paid with federal stimulus funds.

'This is the intent of the recovery act at work,' said U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa. 'The recovery act is our lifeline here in Tampa. We have struggled more than most.' [2/22/10]

Superior Telegram (Wisconsin) - Federal stimulus boosts broadband for nation, Wisconsin

Fresh on the heels of the one-year anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) comes an announcement that $23-million in federal stimulus money will boost high-speed Internet and create jobs in Wisconsin.

8th District Representative Steve Kagen was on hand when the announcement was made in Green Bay this week.

President Obama's Deputy Commerce Secretary, Dennis Hightower, was also present for the announcement. Hightower said the White House has estimated that roughly 50,000 jobs will be created nationwide through the $7-billion commitment for broadband. Some of those jobs will be direct, such as hiring workers to dig trenches and lay cables. Others will be indirect, including teachers and entrepreneurs. [2/20/10]

The Washington Post - Solar power project in Mojave Desert gets $1.4 billion boost from stimulus funds

The Energy Department on Monday announced a 'conditional' $1.4 billion loan guarantee for a solar thermal power complex in the Mojave Desert that would ultimately produce as much as 392 megawatts of electricity.

The loan guarantee would be drawn from the resources given to the Energy Department under the economic stimulus bill adopted last year.

BrightSource, the project developer, estimates that during the construction phase, the solar power complex will employ about 1,000 people. Operation of the plant will require 86 permanent jobs. [2/23/10]

Nashua Telegraph (New Hampshire) - EPA New England puts stimulus money to use

Across the country, EPA was charged with more than $7 billion in projects and programs for a cleaner environment. Here in New England, the Recovery Act provided EPA with approximately $700 million to jump-start important environmental projects across Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

In real environmental terms, the Recovery Act is funding hundreds of significant projects that will help clean New England's environment and provide better environmental and public health protection to New England citizens.

The Recovery Act is helping to create green jobs - jobs that will help clean contaminated land, jobs to produce cleaner drinking water and air quality, and jobs to spur environmentally conscious urban and rural redevelopment and reduce greenhouse gases.

And what about jobs? Recipients of EPA funding reported 730 jobs created through the end of December 2009. We expect that number to rise significantly as soon as the spring construction season arrives. [2/21/10]

Lancaster Eagle-Gazette (Ohio) - American Recovery and Reinvestment Act at work in Fairfield County

Two of the top projects in Fairfield County getting federal stimulus money already have either added jobs or will later this year.

In March, it was announced the Fairfield Department of Health Community Health Center would receive about $1.2 million.

The money is being used to hire about seven people, including a new physician, support staff and administrative staff…In 2008, the clinic cared for more than 3,300 residents, and estimates are that the center will be able to treat as many as 5,500 people when all its staff is in place.

Toxco Inc. was awarded a $9.5 million grant as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009 in June to expand its Lancaster facility.

[Toxco Inc. spokesman Todd Coy said that] 'Toxco plans to hire and use a local construction company to keep the stimulus money within the community. We estimated that we will employ anywhere from 30-50 construction workers for the duration of the construction project which (is) estimated at 10 months.'

'After the new facility is built, Toxco will be hiring full time staff to fill positions at the new facility,' Coy said. 'We estimated that new will be between 35 and 45 full-time employees.' [2/21/10]

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