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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

White House - Vice President Biden, Secretary Duncan Highlight Recovery Act Success in Florida
As part of the Recovery Act's efforts to impact education across the country, Florida has felt the impact of more than $3.1 billion in education funds.  This includes nearly $2 billion in State Fiscal Stabilization Funds that the state of Florida says has kept more than 25,000 teachers and staff in Florida's classrooms and maintained other essential services…

… The Recovery Act has made $8.3 billion available to Florida, including… 3.6 million seniors, veterans, and other high-need residents have received one-time $250 economic relief payments.  Over 710,000 Floridians have also benefitted from expanded unemployment benefits available because of the Recovery Act. [Read More]

Boston Business Journal (Massachusetts) - State details $45.5M in housing stimulus
The funds stem from the federal government's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus and will address projects whereby developers were unable to raise enough financing.

The projects are located in Beverly, Boston, Framingham, Greenfield, Holliston and Springfield and will create more than 450 units of housing and nearly 900 jobs. [Read More]

Indian Country Today - $90 million to bolster water services in Indian country and create jobs
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's IHS recently announced $90 million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for improved access to vital drinking water and wastewater services in the American Indian and Alaska Native communities. The funds will be invested in shovel-ready infrastructure projects designed to better protect human and environmental health in Indian Country and to create jobs. [Read More]

Kansas City Star (Missouri) - COBRA enrollments doubled since February

A recovery act provision appears to have made COBRA more attractive and affordable to qualified Americans.

An analysis by Hewitt Associates, released Tuesday, found that 38 percent of eligible COBRA recipients enrolled in the health care insurance program from March to June. That was up from 19 percent of those eligible who enrolled from September through February.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 granted a nine-month COBRA subsidy to eligible participants. [Read More]

The Daily Record (Ohio) - Locals learn how to use stimulus funds for businesses

Organized by the Ashland, Holmes and Wayne Regional Advisory Committee of the Employment & Training Connection, the event was to connect business leaders with representatives of schools, colleges, state agencies and other organizations in order to help them understand what services and programs were available to them.

U.S. Rep. John Boccieri (D-Alliance) also spoke during the event. He said the recovery package turned out to be 'an investment in our country and our future.' [Read More]

Washington Post - Two Transit Agencies Get $14 Million From Stimulus

The federal government awarded nearly $14 million in stimulus funding to two mass transit providers in Northern Virginia, allowing them to expand their fleets and enhance services…
The $13.7 million the two transit agencies received is part of about $1.2 billion the FTA is distributing as part of the recovery act.  The money is being used to improve state and local transit… [Read More]

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