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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

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The Obama Administration has launched “Recovery Summer” - which will highlight groundbreakings and events across the country that are funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Recovery Act has already given tax cuts to 98 percent of Americans, funded tens of thousands of projects and put about 2.5 million Americans to work, but summer 2010 is poised to be the most active Recovery Act season to date, with tens of thousands of projects underway across the country that will help to create jobs for American workers and economic growth for businesses. [White House, 6/17/10]

The Sacramento Bee (California) - Stimulus surge in store for Sacramento region [DISTRICTS MENTIONED: Doris Matsui (CA-5), John Garamendi (CA-10), R-Dan Lungren (CA-3): Voted NO on Recovery Act, and Tom McClintock (CA-4): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

Less than half of the $1.1 billion in stimulus money destined for the Sacramento area has been spent - meaning the federal government will play a significant role in propping up the local economy for years to come.

Money has been rolling slowly into the region for the past 16 months, part of an estimated $85 billion assist to California from the $862 billion federal stimulus package.

About half of the $328 million spent in the region so far has gone to schools, plugging holes left by state budget cuts, helping to save jobs and maintain class sizes.

Jeffrey Michael, director of the Business Forecasting Center at the University  of the Pacific, counters that direct spending of more than $1 billion locally - plus another $1 billion or so in the form of special tax cuts, unemployment benefits and Medicaid payments - is saving thousands of jobs. And projects funded by stimulus dollars could have an impact for decades to come. [6/21/10]

The News-Herald (Ohio) - Stimulus funds helping to keep weather outside

Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher and Cathy Zoi, U.S. Department of Energy assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy, just recently announced that Ohio has weatherized 11,688 homes under the ARRA as of April 30 and is one of the country's weatherization leaders.

Under the Recovery Act, Ohio was allocated $266.7 million for the weatherization programs, which includes the state partnering with local community action agencies, such as Ashtabula, or nonprofit organizations to provide whole-home weatherization services.

According to the state, more than 1,310 workers were employed by state and local weatherization providers during the first three months of the year.

'What we see here today is that states like Ohio are moving forward aggressively with the weatherization program, delivering energy and cost savings for the families who need it most,' Zoi said in a statement.

'This Recovery Act funding is helping to create jobs in local communities while putting America on the path to a clean energy future.'

Ohio plans to weatherize a total of more than 32,180 homes with their Recovery Act funding. [6/20/10] (Pennsylvania) - New careers envisioned as jobs go green

Over the next two years, more than $80 billion in economic stimulus funds will go to clean energy projects, investments that will create thousands of green jobs.

Those green jobs, experts say, are among the fastest growing sector of the workforce, and will help pull the nation out of its economic slump.

The Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board has named green jobs to its list of the 30 fastest growing careers in the Delaware Valley. More than 5,000 new green jobs are expected over the next five years in this area alone, said board CEO Sallie Glickman. [6/21/10]

The Alva Review-Courier (Oklahoma) - Young workers finding summer jobs through Workforce program. [DISTRICT MENTIONED: R-Frank Lucas (OK-3): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

In the challenging job market available this summer, teens and college students who have been frustrated in their efforts to find summer employment are finding help through the 2010 Youth Summer Work Program in Northwest Oklahoma. Through its contracted service provider, the Northwest Oklahoma Workforce Investment Board (NW WIB) is in the process of hiring roughly 20 young people, ages 16-21 who meet the eligibility criteria, for the program.

The funding for the program is through the Workforce Investment Act and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

This is the second year that the program has been able to run due in large part to the influx of funds from the ARRA and is seen as a bit of a life-line when many traditional summer jobs no longer exist. [6/20/10]

Dayton Daily News (Ohio) - Ohio school districts get education grants

Eleven school districts and three charter schools in Ohio have been awarded a total of $95 million in federal School Improvement Grant funds.

Among the 42 schools to benefit from the three-year grants announced Friday by the Ohio Department of Education are 12 in the Cleveland district, seven in the Columbus district, and six in the Cincinnati district.

The U.S. education department awarded $132 million in stimulus funds to Ohio for the grants. [6/19/10]

Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology - Mass. biotechs, hospitals boosted by health stimulus funds

Federal NIH stimulus money has washed into Massachusetts hospitals, medical schools and biotech companies, lifting an already impressive level of NIH funding by more than 20 percent. The state's total NIH windfall in 2009 -- boosted by the stimulus -- was $2.83 billion in 2009, up from $2.34 billion in 2008. From the time ARRA was enacted in February 2009, Massachusetts has received $622.8 million in health-related stimulus to support 1,502 projects

Many of the grants are given to projects that could potentially have a wide impact on public health.

A large number of the ARRA NIH awards went to Massachusetts hospitals. [6/21/10]

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