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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Associated Press - Biden: $19B in highway stimulus already set aside
All 50 states easily beat a June 29 deadline to have half of their stimulus projects for roads and bridges approved. Vice President Joe Biden said transportation officials have approved more than 5,300 projects worth more than $19 billion. States have broken ground or started taking bids on about 1,900 of those, he said.

The Transportation Department released a detailed list of 4,801 projects totaling $16.5 billion. The list shows that state officials will spend 20 percent more per person in counties with the lowest unemployment than in counties with the highest.

Counties where unemployment is below 6.1 percent will receive about $63 per person in transportation money, compared to $52 per person in counties where unemployment is between 10.8 and 28 percent, according to an Associated Press analysis. The national unemployment rate is 9.4 percent. [Read More]

Charleston Daily Mail (West Virginia) - Airport's canopy project, others soon will be under way

Work soon will be under way on nearly $5 million worth of improvement projects at the airport. One of the projects is a canopy over the first lane of the passenger drop-off area.

Yeager [Airport] received a $4.97 million grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, more commonly known as the economic stimulus plan, for several projects around the terminal and parking lot.

Improvements also will include a fire sprinkler system for the entire terminal, new baggage claim equipment, interior renovations and a digital display system.

'We would not have been able to do this without stimulus money,' [Yeager Airport Director Rick] Atkinson said.

The work is expected to create 35 construction jobs. [Read More]

Business First of Buffalo - NY lands $158M in weatherization aid

The U.S. Department of Energy is providing $157.87 million in federal stimulus funds to weatherize more than 45,000 homes in New York over three years.

The figure, which is part of more than $304 million awarded Friday for weatherization programs in New York, Georgia and Illinois, represents 40 percent of the states' total weatherization funding authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. [Read More]

Capital Press (Oregon) - Rural counties awarded funds
The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded nearly $12 million to five Oregon counties to create clean energy jobs and reduce the risk of wildfire.

The award is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The $11.85 million in funding will be used to thin overstocked forests for biomass feedstocks in Douglas, Grant, Harney, Jefferson and Linn counties.

According to a study from the Pew Charitable Trusts released last week, clean-energy jobs in Oregon increased by 50.7 percent between 1998 and 2007. The study also found that clean energy jobs are growing nearly 2.5 times faster than other jobs. [Read More]

WKZO-News (Michigan) - State Meets Recovery Act Deadline
Michigan has already used more than 53-percent of the Recovery Act funds given to the state for transportation projects. That translates to 318-million-dollars in highway funds. Under the terms of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act, states are required to obligate 50-percent of their highway funds by June 29th.

To date, Michigan's largest Recovery Act funded project is the I-94 reconstruction near Portage and Kalamazoo. [Read More]

WZTV-17 (Tennessee) - Tenn. quickly puts federal stimulus funds to work
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act requires states to obligate 50 percent of their highway funds by June 29. Tennessee accomplished that by April 7.

Tennessee officials have put to work $366 million or 91.3 percent of the funds required under the act.

The largest single project in Tennessee is the $28.2 million work that will construct flyover ramps at the Briley Parkway/Interstate 40 interchange west of downtown Nashville. [Read More]

Imperial Valley News - California Leads Nation in Federal Obligations for Recovery Funds Designated for Transportation
To date, over $1.5 billion in Recovery Act funds have been federally approved and committed to 312 transportation projects throughout California - underscoring the state's focus on pumping Recovery Act funding into the California economy as quickly, efficiently, and responsibly as possible.

Recovery Act funding is designated for federally defined purposes. California is expected to receive nearly $2.6 billion from the Recovery Act for highways and local streets and $1 billion for transit projects. Competitive programs within the Recovery Act could also provide approximately $300 million in additional funding in this area. Additionally, California expects to be very competitive in securing a portion of $8 billion Recovery Act funding set aside federally for high-speed rail and intercity rail. [Read More]

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