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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Cleveland Plain Dealer (Ohio) - Stimulus money helps 13,312 youths land summer jobs in Ohio
… 13,312 youths … landed work because of the nearly $48 million in federal stimulus funding Ohio received for summer jobs and related programming and services.

The infusion of federal dollars dramatically changed the summer employment picture for young people in Northeast Ohio during one of the bleakest job markets in nearly 30 years.

The flush of federal funds allowed groups running summer youth employment programs to place double or more the workers they had initially planned. [Read More] 

USA Today - Biden to announce almost $1.2B for medical records
[Vice President] Biden and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius were set to detail in Chicago how that piece of the $787 billion economic stimulus plan would help Americans when they go to the hospital or their doctors…

'With electronic health records, we are making health care safer, we're making it more efficient, we're making you healthier and we're saving money along the way,' Biden said…

Of the money set aside, $589 million would establish centers to help hospitals and clinics with technical aspects of choosing systems for electronic health records. Another $564 million would be set aside to help hospitals share patients' information with each other. [Read More]

Denver Daily News (Colorado) - Officials praise impact of stimulus funding on state

… Gov. Bill Ritter yesterday pointed out that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has put people back to work through construction projects. Since money started trickling in May, Colorado has seen the creation of 1,685 jobs related to transportation projects, according to data as of July 31st.

The spike has resulted in an additional 86,332 payroll hours, or $2.14 million in payroll expenses, according to the governor's office. [Read More]

KFBB-TV (Montana) - Governor Schweitzer Says Recovery Act a Success in Montana
… Governor Schweitzer spoke about why he thinks the Recovery Act has been a success in the Treasure State.

Schweitzer claims the [Recovery Act] projects not only benefit Montana, but create new jobs as well.

He says, “We have over 1,000 people that are already working in Montana on current projects.” [Read More]

The Lincoln Journal (West Virginia) - Funding announced for energy emergency preparedness
Senators Jay Rockefeller and Robert C. Byrd, together with Congressmen Nick J. Rahall and Alan B. Mollohan, recently announced that West Virginia is being awarded $366,482 through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (“Recovery Act”) - which all four voted in support of earlier this year - to improve energy emergency preparedness.

“West Virginia is an important resource for America's energy security and electricity generation, in addition to our strategic proximity to our Nation's capitol,” said Rep. Rahall…

“These funds will help make sure West Virginians can respond quickly and effectively to disruptions or threatened disruptions to the delivery of energy to homes and businesses, hospitals and schools,” said Rep. Mollohan.  “In an emergency, energy is as critical as food, water, and medical care to protecting our citizens.” [Read More]

Hudson Valley Press (New York) - Route 209 Economic Recovery Project
New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Acting Commissioner Stan Gee and Congressman Maurice Hinchey announced construction has begun on a $2.5 million project to construct new sidewalks along State Route 209…

'I'm very pleased that these federal economic recovery funds are being used to both beautify the streets of Stone Ridge with restored bluestone as well as to enhance pedestrian safety,' Congressman Maurice Hinchey said. 'This money is putting people to work as we intended with the economic recovery bill and it is improving the quality of life for residents and visitors...' [Read More]

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