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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

  • Congressional Republicans threaten to take us back to the failed policies that created the economic crisis -- doing the bidding of the special interests: Wall Street banks, credit card companies, Big Oil, and insurance companies - and getting rewarded by their corporate friends.
  • These extreme Republican economic and fiscal policies created the Bush Recession -- the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression , with job losses of nearly 800,000 a month -- and nearly doubled our national debt. 
  • Democrats in Congress will continue to address the major issues confronting our nation and take America in a New Direction - creating good American jobs, the lowest taxes in 60 years for the middle class and small businesses, closing tax loopholes that send jobs overseas, and building a strong new foundation for the American economy.

Philadelphia Business Journal (Pennsylvania) - About 600 hired through Way to Work Philadelphia![DISTRICTS MENTIONED: Robert Brady (PA-1) and Chaka Fattah (PA-2)]

The Way to Work Philadelphia! program launched with stimulus dollars last month has enrolled 639 out-of-work adults and put 577 of them into paid positions, the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board said Monday.

The $61.1 million approved by the state for Way to Work Philadelphia! will support 9,000 summer youth jobs and 5,000 adults. [6/14/10]

Livingston County Daily Press & Argus (Michigan) - Builder owes job '100 percent' to stimulus [DISTRICT MENTIONED: R-Mike Rogers (MI-8): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

Livingston County resident Yvonne Lewis almost became another Michigan builder with nothing to build in the state's nearly stagnant homebuilding market.

But Lewis, 52 -- who hasn't built a home since 2008 -- soon had another job, and attributes that directly to the controversial American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which infused $787 billion into the national economy.

She did contract weatherization work for the Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency from 2002-2009, then was tapped last year for a full-time job as OLHSA's weatherization technical coordinator.

OLHSA was awarded $11.5 million for weatherization under the federal stimulus program.

Dollars aside, she said she owes her job '100 percent' to the stimulus.

Since the agency was awarded the funding in April 2009, it has hired 15 employees and put 35 contractors with an average of 10 employees back to work, according to OLHSA figures.

OLHSA estimates that the program, once completed, will stimulate the local economy by as much as $35 million. [6/14/10]

The News Times (Connecticut) - Early Head Start comes to Danbury

 [MEMBER MENTIONED: Chris Murphy (CT-5)]

A program designed to give children from low-income families an educational boost has opened its doors.

Early Head Start was organized by the Connecticut Institute for Communities and funded with $1.6 million in federal stimulus money.

'This is an excellent use of stimulus money,' said U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., who was on hand for the program's opening day. 'Not only will parents be able to maintain their employment now that their kids are being cared for, but it has also added new jobs to the community.'

about 20 people were hired to work in the Early Head Start program, which is based at Mill Ridge Intermediate School. [6/14/10]

The Detroit News (Michigan) - Michigan's worst schools share $119 million in federal grants

Nearly $120 million in federal aid is available to help boost student achievement in 108 struggling Michigan schools, state education officials announced Monday.

Just under half of the schools -- 47 -- are in the Detroit Public Schools district, and a handful of others are in districts throughout Metro Detroit.

The state received the $119 million from the federal School Improvement Grant program, which is funded with federal stimulus money

'The target of the federal grant is to improve student achievement in these low achieving schools,' said Martin Ackley, spokesman for the Michigan Department of Education. [6/15/10]

Northland's News Center (Minnesota/Wisconsin) - Doyle Announces $6.8 Million Infrastructure Project For Superior [DISTRICT MENTIONED: Dave Obey (WI-7)]

Governor Jim Doyle announced Monday that nearly $6.8 million in funding for a clean water infrastructure project in Superior that will create up to 70 jobs.

Half of the funding is from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and the other half is from the State Clean Water Fund Program.

We are continuing to invest in important wastewater projects made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that will help stimulate local economies and benefit future generations,” Governor Doyle said. “With this funding, the City of Superior will be able to improve water quality, reduce the risk of overflows, and keep sediments out of our lakes and rivers. At the same time, the construction involved in these projects will create up to 70 jobs for hardworking families right here in Superior.” [6/14/10]

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