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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Department of Education announced $11 billion in allocation authority to issue qualified school construction bonds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

'Recovery Act school construction bonds provide low-cost borrowing to build and upgrade schools, which is a win-win for communities across the country,' said Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin. 'The projects funded with these bonds create jobs today building modern schools to prepare our kids for the global economy of tomorrow.' [3/17/10]

WPDE ABC-15 (South Carolina) - Stimulus money for South Carolina

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday it's getting more than $9.6 million.

South Carolina also got more than $129 million for school construction bonds.

Congressman Clyburn responded with the following statement: 'I fought to ensure the Recovery Act would invest in school construction, and I am pleased to see these funds are being allocated today. As a representative of communities along the I-95 corridor that are faced with significant challenges, I know all too well the challenges schools districts face in raising funds for building and upgrading schools. This is an investment in the long term future of our state by providing quality facilities in which our students have the best opportunity to learn.' [3/17/10]

WKYC NBC-3 (Ohio) - Brown: Stimulus dollars coming to Ohio for school construction

Democratic Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown has announced that $430 million in federal stimulus dollars will be coming to Ohio schools for construction and repairs to aging buildings.

'These funds will ensure the physical infrastructure of our schools matches the quality education that Ohio's teachers provide,' Brown said.

'These funds will create immediate construction jobs and a better learning environment for Ohio children.' [3/17/10]

The News Review (Oregon) - Roseburg youth hiring program helped boost economy

A recent Oregon State University study showed a summer jobs program that hired Oregon teens had a big boost beyond what the young adults earned.

Across the state, $3.2 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus funds were used by 24 rural counties to expand summer youth programs.

Funding came to The Oregon Consortium and the Oregon Workforce Alliance and was administered through work force agencies. More than 1,200 youth were hired statewide. [3/17/10]

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) - Stimulus bolsters WVC police force

The recent hiring of nine new officers is the most the department has added at one time since 1990.

The entry-level cops are will start patrolling city streets this summer, thanks to $1.7 million in federal stimulus money coming over the next three years.

The federal funding pays for their salaries and benefits, but the city had to come up with roughly $380,000 for start-up costs, such as equipment and police cars, Nielsen said. [3/17/10]

KGO ABC-7 (California) - SF businesses use stimulus funds to hire employees

In this difficult job market, the city of San Francisco is making it easier for businesses to find and hire workers. A new website links job hunters and employers to the city's Jobs Now program, which uses federal stimulus dollars to pay the salaries.

Internet Archive is unique in three ways: They digitize books for the Internet, hire formerly unemployed San Franciscans, and 100 percent of their salaries are paid through federal stimulus money, funneled through a city program that began last May.

In all, about 800 employers are participating. More than 2,000 residents are working. [3/17/10]

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