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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

The Daily Tribune (Michigan) - Sander Levin: 'We've begun to climb the hill ...'

[MEMBER MENTIONED:  Sander Levin (MI-12)]

U.S. Rep. Sander Levin of Michigan, chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means tax-writing committee, said the 2009-10 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act helped stabilize the economy at a time when the “catastrophic” damage done by the Wall Street meltdown was recognized as worse than expected.

A 28-year congressional veteran, Levin said a prime example of jobs saved by the Recovery Act can be seen in the $48 billion invested in education, which prevented “massive” teacher layoffs at the K-12 level.

In addition, the $4 billion dedicated to law enforcement…prevented layoffs at countless police stations across America, according to supporters. [10/2/10]

Macon Telegraph (Georgia) - Bibb County schools gets $13.2 million in Race to Top funds


The Bibb County school system will get $13.2 million in federal Race to the Top funding, the state announced Monday afternoon.

The $4.35 billion Race to the Top funding was earmarked for school reform as part of President Barack Obama's 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Georgia, which will collect $400 million, was selected in August along with eight other states.

Some of the state's plans include: supporting more charter schools; ensuring that students are proficient in science, technology, engineering and math fields; paying bonuses to effective science and math teachers; and reducing achievement gaps among minorities, low-income students and students with disabilities. [10/4/10]

The Saratogian (New York) - Recovery Act provides jobs for the young, training for the jobless in Saratoga County

[DISTRICTS MENTIONED: Scott Murphy (NY-20) and Paul Tonko (NY-21)]

Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties shared about $1.5 million in Department of Labor stimulus funds…

The three grants -- for $702,242, $384,118 and $169,921 -- were awarded “to provide a variety of work-related employment and training services, including job training opportunities, to laid-off individuals … (and) unemployed or underemployed adults to support their entry or re-entry into the job market.”

[Anthony] Scavone [Director of the county Department of Employment and Training] estimates that 45 individuals from Saratoga County enrolled in training programs in 2009; some are continuing in 2010, and six more people have started. That number should increase to 25 to 30 in 2010, he said…

About 70 kids participated in the 2010 summer youth program, which is income-based. [10/3/10] (Illinois) - Amtrak to invest $40M in Chicago's Union Station


Amtrak has announced a $40 million construction project at Union Station in Chicago that will effectively double the seating in its general passenger lounges, increase the number of public restrooms and provide air conditioning to the Great Hall for the first time since the early 1960s.

Gov. Pat Quinn was on hand to announce the renovation, calling the 100 jobs that the project will create “good middle class jobs” and the overall scope of the project “an important investment to make sure that Union Station is a 21st Century station.”

In January, the hub received $2.6 billion from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA), and the State of Illinois received $1.2 billion of that money for high speed rail initiatives. [10/4/10]

Connecticut Post - GBT awarded over $1.1 million in stimulus funds


Greater Bridgeport Transit has been awarded more than $1.1 million in stimulus funds under the Federal Transit Administration's discretionary State of Good Repair program.

Along with a matching $291,981 grant from the Connecticut Department of Transportation, the funds will be used to replace the GBT storage and maintenance facility's 85,394-square-foot roof.

The $1,167,945 federal award was announced Monday by Mayor Bill Finch and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., at the bus company's Bridgeport terminal on Water Street.

Not only will the project create new jobs, Himes said, but it would allow for a second phase that would incorporate a vegetative area on the new roof as well as the installation of a photovoltaic power generation system. [10/4/10]

The Chattanoogan (Tennessee) - Nearly 11,000 Tennessee Homes Have Been Weatherized With Stimulus Funds

Nearly 11,000 homes have been weatherized across the state through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) since July of last year.

The Recovery Act sent $99 million to Tennessee for this home energy efficiency program last September. As of Aug. 31, more than $40 million had been spent and Tennessee currently ranks 6th in the nation for number of homes weatherized under ARRA. [10/4/10]

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