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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

  • Congressional Republicans support Wall Street banks, credit card companies, Big Oil, and insurance companies - the special interests that benefited from George Bush's policies and created the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. A decade of Republican rule nearly doubled our national debt.  Why would we go back? 
  • Democrats in Congress this week are fighting to help small businesses create jobs here at home.  Democrats are taking America in a New Direction - creating good American jobs, providing the lowest taxes in 60 years for the middle class and small businesses, and closing tax loopholes that send jobs overseas.

The Orange County Register (California) - Officials break ground on big O.C. freeway project

Officials broke ground Monday on what a top transportation official called one of the largest construction projects to get under way in Orange County in the last ten years.

Construction is set to begin August on the $328 million West County Connectors project that will directly connect car-pool lanes on the I-405, I-605, and the 22 freeway.

OCTA spokesman Joel Zlotnik said the project is expected to create more than 5,000 jobs.

'It's a big day for this region,' said Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez. 'This project in fact does represent everything that president Obama envisioned when he signed off on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act...a lot of what we're looking for is to create jobs.'

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is contributing $50 million to the project. [6/14/10]

Chattanoogan.com (Tennessee) - Youth Summer Work Experience Has Kickoff Monday [DISTRICT MENTIONED: R-Zach Wamp (TN-3): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

Hamilton County Mayor Claude Ramsey attended the kickoff of the 2010 Youth Summer Work Experience on Monday.

The program funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is designed to develop leadership and work readiness skills as participating youths will be placed within government departments, area schools and nonprofit agencies.

Approximately 400 youths were expected to enroll in the program through the Tennessee Career Center.  [6/14/10]

The Providence Journal (Rhode Island) - Stimulus-funded jobs appearing

[DISTRICTS MENTIONED: Patrick Kennedy (RI-1) and James Langevin (RI-2)]

Before finding work two weeks ago as a welder at Capco Steel, a steel-fabrication company, Bergenique Delmas had not held a steady job for more than four years…

Raynold Bidon spent months collecting unemployment before being tapped about two weeks ago to run AS220's commercial printing press…

Bidon and those three steel workers are just a handful of the 32 or so Rhode Islanders who have been hired in the past two weeks under Jobs Now Rhode Island, a new $46-million state program reimbursing local companies for the salaries of new workers that are low income, recently unemployed and raising children.

Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline said he hopes Jobs Now will benefit more than 500 residents in the city

Capco Steel represents the largest participating employer so far, hiring 14 new workers. Company CEO Michael Caparco hopes to boost a work force of about 170 to about 200 using funds from the new program. [6/15/10]

The News Leader (Ohio) - County providing seasonal workers to area communities [DISTRICTS MENTIONED: Betty Sutton (OH-13), Tim Ryan (OH-17), and R- Steven LaTourette (OH-14): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

Communities countywide are rushing get some free help this summer, thanks to a county program designed to provide summer employment opportunities for low income youths.

Macedonia and Northfield Village are among those who are seeking to participate in the Youth Employment for Success program, which is operated by county's department of communications on behalf of Summit County Job and Family Services.

Federal funding for the program is channeled through Job and Family Services and includes a share of about $3.14 million in stimulus funding the county received through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Lynn Parmentier, the program's employment coordinator, said the funding, including $677,000 for wages of $7.30 an hour during the eight weeks, will allow for 400 to 500 participants to work 20 to 25 hours per week.  [6/16/10]

Associated Press - Young workers help Indiana parks during cutbacks

A stimulus-funded jobs program that gives young Indiana residents summer work is helping keep the state's parks shipshape by providing workers during a period of budget cuts, park officials say.

At Pokagon State Park in far northeastern Indiana, the 56 young men and women hired through the Young Hoosiers Conservation Corps are improving park trails, painting buildings, manning the gatehouse and doing other work…

Indiana got $24 million in stimulus funding split between 2009 and 2010 to hire about 2,000 young people for summer jobs[6/15/10]

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