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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Today, President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder announced the release of $2 billion for the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This funding will enable states and local communities to make critical investments in law enforcement. Click here to learn more about Byrne JAG funding in your state.  

Below are selected stories about the local impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act from papers around the country:  

Register Mail (Ill.): Farmers eye broadband in stimulus package

With the nation in the grip of the Great Depression, then-President Franklin Roosevelt used rural electrification as part of his New Deal relief package -- gambling that supplying isolated farmsteads with inexpensive power would modernize agriculture, create jobs and stimulate the rural economy.

Decades later, President Barack Obama is placing the same bet by setting aside billions in the stimulus package for rural broadband Internet access -- a move farming advocates say will help farmers work more efficiently, manage their operations and connect growers who work on land many miles from the nearest town.

“There are people in Kansas who are alive today who can remember what it was like when rural electrification came to their home,” said Mike Matson, spokesman for the Kansas Farm Bureau. “It was a game changer in terms of the way they lived their life and the way they operated their farm. ... The broadband component has that same potential to have that same level of change.”… [3/4/09]

Gazette (Md.): Small business leaders welcome stimulus

The new federal economic stimulus package is expected to provide relief for Maryland's small businesses through tax cuts and incentives that will help pull the country out of the recession, spokesmen for business groups said this week.

Besides cutting the income taxes of 95 percent of working families, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides tax breaks to many small-business owners, said Kathleen T. Snyder, president and CEO of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce… [3/4/09]

Seattle Post-Intelligencer (Wash.): State stimulus aimed at roads
Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a bill Thursday allocating $341 million in federal money to fix state roads and highways, saying the stimulus package will help create and continue thousands of jobs in the state within two years at a time when unemployment could be the highest ever.

“This is coming at the exact right time, putting people back to work who would otherwise be on unemployment,” said the governor at a signing ceremony for the measure in Olympia…[3/5/09]

AP: Stimulus to aid Michigan crime fighting efforts
Michigan is eligible for about $67 million in federal stimulus money to boost law enforcement efforts targeting drug-related and violent crime.

The state said Friday nearly $26 million of the cash will go directly to local governments. Other money will be distributed through the state to help decrease the backlog at crime labs and add resources to drug, mental health and domestic violence courts… [3/6/09]

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