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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

The Baltimore Sun (Maryland) - The stimulus: More successful than you think

The first waves of stimulus spending were weighted toward aid to state governments, which prevented massive layoffs in state capitals across the nation that would have taken teachers out of classrooms and police off the streets; strengthening the social safety net to provide additional help to the unemployed and impoverished; and reductions in payroll taxes. Unlike the Bush administration's stimulus programs, in which the treasury sent checks to taxpayers that were largely saved or used to pay down debt, the Obama stimulus tax cuts came gradually in the form of reduced payroll tax deductions designed to make sure more of it was spent.

And the program isn't done. The spending that will come next is weighted toward infrastructure, both physical and digital, that will not only put people to work now but will also pay lasting dividends.

The stimulus has not single-handedly returned the economy to growth and prosperity. But it has helped stave off what many feared little more than a year ago might turn into a full-fledged depression, and it still has more punch left. It may not have been perfect, but it was certainly not a mistake. [2/18/10]

South Washington County Bulletin (Minnesota) - Oberstar: Stimulus funds created jobs but more to do

Federal stimulus money dedicated to roads, bridges and other transportation infrastructure last year resulted in hundreds of construction projects that put 8,500 Minnesotans back to work, according to U.S. Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn.

He cited the 274 surface transportation Minnesota projects out to bid, 236 under contract and 227 under construction as evidence that the infrastructure portion of the stimulus package has paid dividends to the state.

'We didn't have to lay off as many state employees, teachers and all that, too,' he said. 'It didn't just create jobs, it kept jobs.' [2/19/10]

Central Valley Business Times (California) - Central Valley ports share in $30 Million in stimulus money 

The Central Valley inland seaports of Stockton and West Sacramento along with the Port of Oakland will collectively receive $30 million in grant funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, says U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton.

The creation of the system will promote economic activity in the Central Valley, create new construction and operational jobs, and relieve traffic along major transportation corridors, the congressman says.

“I'm thrilled that the Port of Stockton, along with the ports of Oakland and West Sacramento will together receive $30 million in grant funds,” says Mr. McNerney. “The project is expected to create a significant number of jobs, increase economic activity, and relieve congestion along heavily traveled transportation corridors. At a time when unemployment is above 17 percent in San Joaquin County, the establishment of a “marine highway” to the Port of Stockton will help get people back to work and increase economic activity for San Joaquin County and our region.” [2/18/10]

Warwick Beacon (Rhode Island) - Langevin: 'Stimulus boosted RI employment by 8,000 jobs'

Seated alongside Mayors Scott Avedisian of Warwick, David Cicilline of Providence, Joseph Polisena of Johnston and Allan Fung of Cranston, and Gattegno, [Congressman James] Langevin touted the stimulus, saying it's “boosted” Rhode Island's employment by 8,000 jobs.

The Recovery Act has saved the jobs of teachers, police officers and nurses across our state. It has put construction workers back to work on highway and infrastructure job sites, while improving the safety and security of our roads and bridges,” said Langevin.

Of all the statistics, Langevin emphasized the nearly $100 million representing 339 loans made between last February and this past December by the Small Business Administration. The congressman said small business is critical to creating new jobs and he looks to this sector to building a strong economy. [2/18/10]

Prescott Daily Courier (Arizona) - Sizing up stimulus money, projects on Recovery Act anniversary

The path ceremony culminated a visit from U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Flagstaff, whose sprawling District 1 contains Yavapai County.

'My top priority is jobs,' Kirkpatrick told a gathering of officials representing the town, Yavapai County government, the Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization, the contractors and other entities.

Kirkpatrick, who is winding up her first term in the House of Representatives, said the path and the Glassford Hill Road overlay project created about 35 jobs altogether.

As of Dec. 10, Yavapai County received nearly $22.8 million in stimulus money, creating or saving 110 jobs, according to Kirkpatrick's press secretary, Joe Katz, in Washington, D.C. Her district received approximately $250.7 million in stimulus money, creating 1,098 jobs.

[2/18/10]

Register Pajaronian (California) - Rep. Farr hails success of stimulus bill

Standing in front of the newly completed expansion of the Salud Para La Gente medical clinic on Aviation Way, Congressman Sam Farr, D-Carmel, with members of the building trade and leaders of nonprofits to back him up, touted the effectiveness of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on its one-year anniversary Wednesday.

Farr said the $787 billion stimulus bill has been getting a lot of undeserved bad press, but has saved jobs and stopped the economy from getting a lot worse. Stimulus money used for the expansion of Salud Para La Gente is just one example of how the bill created local jobs, Farr said.

“Watsonville is one of the communities most affected by it,” he said. “You had shovel-ready projects, you're home to Granite Construction and Graniterock and you've got a rail line and an airport.” [2/18/10]

WXXI 1370-AM (New York) - Rep. Slaughter and UR Mark One-Year Anniversary of Stimulus Program

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter marked the one year anniversary of the federal stimulus program Wednesday with a visit to the University of Rochester, the area's largest employer.

Slaughter says the recovery act brought the nation 'back from the brink of disaster' to the point where it's growing again.

Slaughter says the recovery act is funding research at the U of R that may lead to innovations that can be commercialized locally, resulting in hundreds of new jobs.

The U of R has been awarded $42 million for 161 research projects. UR President Joel Seligman says the university added 155 jobs last year during a 'very tough economic climate'--with some of those jobs a direct consequence of the recovery act funding. [2/17/10]

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