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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

CNN Money - Stimulus: Economists debate its success

…Blinder and Zandi, who co-authored a report on the subject a couple of months ago, said the massive stimulus may have avoided a repeat of the Great Depression that would have been practically inevitable without intervention.

'I believe that the policy response to the economic crisis was very successful,' said Zandi. 'Without that response, we would have suffered a 1930s-style Great Depression.'

Zandi added that it's 'no coincidence' that the recession ended in the summer of 2009 'when the stimulus was providing its maximum economic benefit via the temporary tax cuts and increases in government spending.' [9/22/10]

Grand Forks Herald (North Dakota) - Rural Dakota hospitals awarded $1.1 million

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Earl Pomeroy (ND-At Large)]

Rural health care providers in North and South Dakota have been awarded $1.1 million in federal funding to improve electronic health records, North Dakota's congressional delegation announced today.

In a written statement, Rep. Earl Pomeroy and Sens. Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan, all Democrats, said the funding will help hospitals and clinics across the state 'acquire state-of-the-art systems' to convert from paper to electronic health records.

'This technology will help health care providers reduce costs, improve patient safety and provide quality care,' they wrote.

Funding for the grant comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. [9/21/10]

Akron.com (Ohio) - Youth jobs program deemed success

[DISTRICTS MENTIONED: Betty Sutton (OH-13), Tim Ryan (OH-17), and R- Steven LaTourette (OH-14): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

Summit County officials shared the results of an ambitious summer employment program for youths with members of Summit County Council Sept. 20.

During the Health and Human Services Committee meeting, Christine Marshall, of the Summit County Department of Jobs and Family Services (DJFS), told members that nearly 1,500 eligible youths took part in the program.

DJFS received $2.3 million in funding from the state in May to carry out the summer employment program. The funds originated in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, according to county officials. [9/23/10]

The Daily Evergreen (Washington) - President Floyd goes to Washington

WSU President Elson S. Floyd met with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in Washington, D.C., Tuesday morning.

The meeting was established to discuss how university research funding impacts the nation's economy…

… WSU has received nearly $35 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. These funds created more than 200 full-time positions and have directly benefited research at the university.  [9/22/10]

Yarmouth Register (Massachusetts) - Federal funds will support Cape coastal improvements

[MEMBER MENTIONED: William Delahunt (MA-10)]

A tad over 20,000 acres of local shellfish beds and marsh will be stimulated thanks to $5 million of American Reinvestment and Recovery Act Funds.

The event drew dignitaries such as Congressman Bill Delahunt, state Senate President Therese Murray and countless local officials.

Ninety-seven percent of the aquaculture in Massachusetts is here on the Cape,” Delahunt said. “This is going to not just create jobs but to maintain jobs.”

The ARRA money covers 75 percent of the construction, with a 25 percent match from other sources and 100 percent of the engineering, studies and design. [9/23/10]

WHQR 91.3-FM (North Carolina) - Brunswick Interagency Program Receives Grants to Send Adult Students to Work

[DISTRICT MENTIONED: Mike McIntyre (NC-7)]

The Brunswick Interagency Program provides educational opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. With two grants from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the program has started placing its students into real-world employment opportunities.

The grants are for $100,000 each and that money will be spent on helping 40 students find jobs within the next year.

Krista Engels is the program's grant coordinator and says students benefit both financially and emotionally.

'It allows some of them to live independently, make purchases such as automobiles. But, overall, I think it really is about that self-esteem and our folks being able to give back and be productive citizens.' [9/21/10]

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