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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

  • Congressional Republicans threaten to take us back to the failed policies that created the economic crisis -- siding with the special interests: Wall Street banks, credit card companies, Big Oil, and insurance companies.
  • These extreme Republican economic and fiscal policies created the Bush recession -- the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression , with job losses of nearly 800,000 a month -- and nearly doubled our national debt. 

WJXX ABC-25 (Florida) - Florida Jobs Program Looking to Hire Unemployed

The Florida Back to Work program has 7,300 open jobs for unemployed parents with a child under the age of 18 living at home.

It's funded with federal stimulus money and pays employers up to 95 percent of an employee's salary. Currently the program employs about 2,000 people.

'The great news about this program is that the employers that have hired these employees have agreed for the most part to keep the employees on even after the program ends. So this will actually be full-time and long-term employment for many people,' [State Spokesman Robby] Cunningham said. [5/20/10]

Marshall County Tribune (Tennessee) - 184 jobs paid with federal stimulus money [DISTRICT MENTIONED: Bart Gordon (TN-6)]

The Marshall County Job Creation Recovery Program is now paying wages and benefits to 184 employees hired since the first job fair on April 20 with dozens of positions filled Wednesday because of a second job fair.

Job Creation Recovery Programs have been established in several Tennessee counties where unemployment has been high. Gov. Phil Bredesen allocated $3 million for the program here.

Since the job fair at Lewisburg's Recreation Center there have been 134 people hired by business and local government and 50 people hired by the Tennessee Department of Transportation. [5/21/10]

KTVN CBS-2 (Nevada) - $33.5 Million In School Improvements Planned For This Summer [DISTRICT MENTIONED: R-Dean Heller (NV-2): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

About 100 projects are in store for Washoe County schools this summer -- that'll give work to hundreds of local workers and improve or repair the schools that need it most.

Seven older schools will get upgrades, and nine schools are set to have security systems installed.

It'll take 450-workers to complete the projects -- which will cost around $33-million.

That money is coming from a combination of federal stimulus money -- and a rollover bond approved in 2002. [5/19/10]

Washington Post - Stimulus program keeps 600 from homelessness in Virginia [DISTRICTS MENTIONED: Jim Moran (VA-8), Gerry Connolly (VA-11), and R-Frank Wolf (VA-10): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

A $2.4 million federal stimulus grant for Fairfax County has helped more than 600 people avoid becoming homeless, officials say, contributing to a double-digit decrease in annual homelessness estimates in the area.

County officials say the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-subsidized program, which began in July, provided rental assistance to 247 families. Most of that money came in the form of rental subsidies for families facing eviction, said Dean H. Klein, Fairfax's director of the Office to End and Prevent Homelessness. [5/20/10]

Radio Iowa - Report says federal weatherization funds have helped Iowa economy

A report by the Iowa Policy Project (I-P-P) says federal money sent to Iowa to help low-income residents upgrade furnaces and weatherize their homes has had a positive impact on the state economy.

Fleming says Iowa received $81-million for the weatherization program under the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

[Emily] Fleming [Iowa Policy Project] says there's both direct and indirect impact to Iowa's economy from the weatherization of the homes. She says, “All told, ARRA funding will increase the state output by nearly 49-million dollars in this current fiscal year, it will boost the incomes of Iowa workers by over $20-millions in this fiscal year, and will create or save 612 jobs in this fiscal year.” The funding is expected to have the same impact in the next fiscal year. [5/20/10]

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