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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Business First (Kentucky) - Stimulus funds create 10,885 jobs in Kentucky

The $3.47 billion in federal stimulus funds that Kentucky has received have created more than 10,800 state jobs and provided billions of dollars for Medicaid, education, transportation and other projects in local communities, Greg Haskamp, executive director of Kentucky Finance & Administration Cabinet's Office of Policy and Audit, said in a news release.

More than 200 transportation projects and dozens of drinking water projects have been made possible by the funds…

The funds have included $940 million for state Medicaid spending, $49 million for family assistance, $34 million for child care assistance and $33 million for Head Start and other programs. [11/17/10]

The Danbury News Times (Connecticut) - Where did all the money go?

[DISTRICT MENTIONED: Chris Murphy (CT-5)]

While the stimulus program certainly has its detractors, towns in the Danbury area received more than $36 million in stimulus money just for transportation projects. That doesn't include money awarded to nonprofit organizations, school districts and local governments, which bring the total to more than $69 million.

The Danbury-based Connecticut Institute for Communities received about $2.5 million in grants from the stimulus program.

The money was used to create a health care center and develop an Early Head Start program, according to former U.S. Rep. James Maloney, a longtime Democrat who founded the organization.

The money and the programs it was used for, he said, resulted in about 50 new jobs.

'These are jobs that not only provide valuable services to the community, but it also puts money back into the local economy,' he said. 'In my opinion, the stimulus was very helpful. Without it, an economic catastrophe would have been an economic disaster.'

Congressman Murphy, a Democrat recently elected to a third term, agreed the state was slow in moving money into local towns, but he added that hundreds, if not thousands, of jobs were created or saved in the Danbury area as a result of the effort.

'If you think the recovery act was supposed to turn the economy around in a year, then I can understand why you think it failed,' he said. 'But the real intent was to stabilize the economy and set us on a path to recovery, and it's met those goals.' [11/16/10]

Anderson Independent Mail (South Carolina) - County increases stimulus bonds for green company

[DISTRICTS MENTIONED: R- J. Gresham Barrett (SC-3): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

A green-energy company that is a spinoff of Ace Environmental Inc. will invest more money and get more federal stimulus bonds for building two plants in Anderson County.

The Anderson County Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to give the company another $675,000 worth of those bonds, bringing the corporation's package of federal stimulus bonds to nearly $10.9 million.

Burriss Nelson, the county's economic development director, said Tuesday that the company will generate 58 jobs when fully operational.

The bonds transferred to the company are the remainder of Anderson County's allocation under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. [11/16/10]

Lake County News (California) - ARRA funds improvements to 200 miles - and counting - of Pacific Crest Trail

Federal agencies, conservation groups and partners came together this month near Palm Springs to celebrate a year of major accomplishments along the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCNST).

Funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) was used to employ nearly 60 young adults with the Student Conservation Association to maintain, reconstruct and rehabilitate more than 200 miles of the 2,650-mile trail in the first year of a two-year project.

Through the Recovery Act, the USFS and BLM received a total of about $4 million for projects on the PCNST. The project trains and employs youth crews and young professionals in trail resource management, construction and maintenance work. [11/18/10]

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