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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

  • Congressional Republicans support Wall Street banks, credit card companies, Big Oil, and insurance companies - the special interests that benefited from George Bush's policies and created the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. A decade of Republican rule nearly doubled our national debt.  Why would we go back? 
  • Democrats in Congress are fighting to help small businesses create jobs here at home.  Democrats are taking America in a New Direction - creating good American jobs, providing the lowest taxes in 60 years for the middle class and small businesses, and closing tax loopholes that send jobs overseas. (Michigan) - M-59 road widening project means 1,763 created and retained jobs

The $50.4 million M-59 road reconstruction and widening project reached the half-way mark today. Lt. Governor John D. Cherry, Jr. today joined Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez at an event in Rochester Hills, Michigan, today to celebrate the occasion.

The project, funded by the Recovery Act, will improve safety and travel times, reduce carbon emissions, and retain or create 1,763 jobs.

 “Michigan's highways are the arteries of commerce and play a key role in the economic vitality of this region,” said Lt. Governor Cherry.  “Thanks to this Recovery Act investment, we'll make travel safer and more efficient on the crucial M-59 corridor while putting more than 1,700 Michigan citizens to work.”

Michigan can expect an increase Recovery Act-funded highway and transit projects this summer, with 507 highway projects and 260 transit projects currently underway statewide.

Recovery Act spending, to date, is responsible for more than 54,000 jobs in Michigan. [6/30/10]

Illinois Times - Putting Illinois to work

[DISTRICTS MENTIONED: Phil Hare (Il-17), R-Aaron Schock (Il-18): Voted NO on Recovery Act, and R-John Shimkus (Il-19): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

…recent success in Put Illinois to Work, a subsidized jobs program through which 225 workers have been placed with 37 Sangamon County employers.

Under the Put Illinois to Work (PIW) program, workers deemed eligible based on age or low-income standards earn $10 per hour, pay provided by the state and federal government, for up to six months. Employers, in turn, provide at least 30 hours of work each week as well as skills training, which workers can use to find another job or, if the employer offers, to continue working as a regular, unsubsidized employee after the program ends.

Statewide, PIW has placed about 14,700 trainees with more than 3,400 nonprofit, business and government employers.

To pay for the current program, Illinois plans to spend $10 million from the General Revenue Fund and $215 million of its overall $292.5 million federal allotment from an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act welfare fund. Illinois' remaining federal funds will go toward a summer food program for low-income youth and a summer youth employment program. [7/1/10]

The Lincoln Journal (West Virginia) - Ground broken for Route 3 water project[MEMBER MENTIONED: Nick Rahall (WV-3)]

State and local officials joined area residents at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Route 3 waterline extension project last week.

The $3.7 million project is being funded in part by federal stimulus (ARRA) funding. A message from U.S. Rep. Nick Joe Rahall (WV3) was read at the groundbreaking by a member of his staff. Rahall helped in securing a significant portion of the funding for the project.

Rahall spoke of the project as being an investment in the future health and well being of 150 Lincoln County families and a future 400 other families. 'This is the federal stimulus bill at work and at its best. The million dollars we are using here from the Corps (of Engineers) program, puts people to work, puts this funding puzzle's missing piece in place and improves property values and our families' futures,' said the congressman. [7/1/10]

Empire State News (New York) - JFK's longest runway reopens on time and on budget [DISTRICT MENTIONED: Gregory Meeks (NY-6)]

Flights resumed on John F. Kennedy International Airport's “Bay Runway,” the region's longest and busiest runway, on June 28 after a four-month closing to reconstruct the runway, implement flight delay measures, increase the width to handle the world's largest commercial planes, and transform it into a state-of-the-art runway for the future. 

The $348.1 million runway project supports 2,500 jobs, including direct construction work, asphalt and concrete production, running aeronautical lighting and food services.  A total of $15 million was obtained through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, with the rest funded by the FAA and the Port Authority. [6/30/10]

The Herald -Review (Illinois) - Stimulus funding has been unexpected bonus for city of Decatur human services, neighborhood projects


Stimulus funds provided an unexpected boost not just to construction work but to a number of human services projects the city administered in 2009, according to a report city staff presented Wednesday.

Richelle Irons, director of the city's Neighborhood Services Division, said the stimulus funding the city used to do things such as help low-income residents with costly home repairs and lay the groundwork for a plan to combat homelessness in the community was an unexpected blessing in a time when the city is taking many painful austerity measures.

'It's been a really busy year, but a really successful year,' Irons said. 'We were able to do some capital improvements, and (the stimulus) allowed a lot of that stuff to continue.'

Decatur received $1.5 million in federal funds earmarked for community development and met or exceeded nearly every program goal. [7/1/10]

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