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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

New York Times' Paul Krugman - Averting the Worst
…the latest flurry of economic reports suggests that the economy has backed up several paces from the edge of the abyss.

A few months ago the possibility of falling into the abyss seemed all too real.

So what saved us from a full replay of the Great Depression? The answer, almost surely, lies in the very different role played by government…

Last and probably least, but by no means trivial, have been the deliberate efforts of the government to pump up the economy… reasonable estimates suggest that around a million more Americans are working now than would have been employed without that plan -- a number that will grow over time -- and that the stimulus has played a significant role in pulling the economy out of its free fall. [Read More]

Kansas City infoZine News (Kansas) - Recovery Act Protects More Than 1,000 Public Safety Jobs in Kansas
State and local public safety programs have been hit hard by declining revenues and the national recession; but thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Kansas remains safe and secure as more than 1,000 public safety jobs are protected.

Twenty-seven state and local agencies will receive $11,534,125 in Justice Assistance Grants during the next 24 months. The grant program supports communities in their efforts to hire and retain criminal justice personnel. The funds will create five full time positions and will help retain all or a portion of 112 existing positions. In addition, the grant funds will reduce anticipated furlough days for approximately 1,484 employees. [Read More]

Birmingham Business Journal (Alabama) - EPA gives Alabama $1M for brownfield cleanup
The Alabama Department of Environmental Management will provide loans and grants with EPA money for cleanup activities, redevelopment projects and to create jobs for residents living near brownfield sites… [Read More]

The Arizona Republic - Stimulus injects $26 million for Ariz. clinics' vital services

… the federal stimulus program is injecting $25.6 million into the state's network of 16 federally qualified health centers, which operate more than 100 medical and dental clinics, mostly in rural or underserved areas.

The funds are allowing the clinics to hire more doctors, renovate facilities and provide new patients low-cost and preventative care. The money also is aimed at spurring the economy.

In 2008, the state's network of community health centers treated nearly 343,000 patients, more than 32 percent of whom were uninsured, according to the national association.

In Arizona, Native American Community Health Center Inc., also known as Native Health, has opened a new clinic in northwest Phoenix with a $1.3 million Recovery Act grant. [Read More]

The Courier-Post (New Jersey) - Andrews: Stimulus creates S.J. jobs
An increase in workers in the tri-county area and a drop in the number of home foreclosures are signs federal stimulus funds are having an effect in the South Jersey area, U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews said...

Andrews said funds for construction projects, like an $80 million project along I-295, are creating jobs for union laborers.

… Andrews said about 6,000 more people were employed in the tri-county area in June than in February. [Read More]

The Lima News (Ohio) - Stimulus Tax Dollars Come Home: More Than $40 Million Earmarked Here, With Intricate Requirements

The federal government projects 133,000 jobs saved or created in Ohio over the next two years.

'Sixteen-and-a-half million dollars of new money is to be invested in our infrastructure. It is certainly beneficial, it is going to create jobs,' [Howard Elstro, Lima's public works director] said. 'For every dollar that does get spent in this community or this state, we know those dollars turn over multiple times in our county and multiple times in the state.'

On the other side of that, several social service agencies have been able to use stimulus funds to save jobs. Stimulus funds saved 10 Help Me Grow jobs with the Allen County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities and four jobs with the Allen County Regional Transit Authority.

The Lima Police Department is getting an additional $790,000 award that will allow it to hire or retain four officers. [Read More]

The Sun (Arizona) - Leadership program benefits YPIC youths and children

[Yuma Private Industry Council]'s summer youth projects are part of a special summer program made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The program is open to young people ages 14 to 24, who gain job skills and practical experience while earning minimum wage.

More than 800 young people are currently involved with the program, working either in local businesses or on one of YPIC's special projects. [Read More]

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