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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 -- doing the bidding of the special interests: Wall Street banks, credit card companies, Big Oil, and insurance companies - and getting rewarded by their corporate friends.
  • 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. 
  • Democrats in Congress will continue to address the major issues confronting our nation and take America in a New Direction - creating good American jobs, the lowest taxes in 60 years for the middle class and small businesses, closing tax loopholes that send jobs overseas, and building a strong new foundation for the American economy.

Business Journal Daily (Ohio) - Stimulus Funds Trumpeted at Trumbull Event[MEMBER MENTIONED: Tim Ryan (OH-17)]

The five road projects that $2.364 million in federal stimulus funds will help pay for is reason enough for Trumbull County Engineer David DeChristofaro to smile.

DeChristofaro was joined by U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, representatives of U.S. Sens. George Voinovich and Sherrod Brown, and state and local officials to launch the start of five road resurfacing projects funded with the help of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Ryan, who last week joined President Obama at V&M Star to tout the stimulus plan's role in that company's decision to build a $650 million mill in Youngstown, said the stimulus is helping to fill what was a $3 trillion hole in the nation's economy and address a $1.4 trillion deficit in U.S. infrastructure.

'You can't be alive and breathing and paying the least bit of attention and not think that the stimulus package has helped the economic recovery,' he remarked. [5/25/10]

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin) - Stimulus-backed Adult Build program offers construction-skills training [MEMBER MENTIONED: Gwen Moore (WI-4)]

…Milwaukee's new Adult Build program, which will train 45 people ages 24 and older to rehab foreclosed properties owned by the city.

Adult Build is a 16-week program that provides on-the-job construction skill training with classes in reading blueprints, carpentry, insulation, math and weatherization…

Ron Sims, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee); and city officials welcomed the new class…

The Adult Build program is being financed with more than $800,000 in federal stimulus funds and $300,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant money.

'The goal is to create economic opportunity in this neighborhood,' Moore said. 'It will help them develop skills and stack them on top of the skills they already have.' [5/24/10]

Pittsburgh Post Gazette (Pennsylvania) - Allegheny County doubles summer jobs program [DISTRICTS MENTIONED: Jason Altmire (PA-4), Mark Critz (PA-12), Mike Doyle (PA-14), and R-Tim Murphy (PA-18): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

Teenagers and young adults from poorer families in Allegheny County can apply now for summer jobs to be paid with federal stimulus money.

The county expects to almost double the number of temporary positions it can fund this year.

The county is in line to get as much as $5.2 million in stimulus money, enough to pay wages for as many as 1,100 job-seekers from poorer families. [5/24/10]

Pittsburgh Business Times (Pennsylvania) - Construction biz improving slightly in Pa.

Pennsylvania's year-over-year construction job losses began to slow in April, according to federal jobs data analyzed by the Associated General Contractors of America.

The Keystone State had 218,900 construction jobs in April, compared with 229,300 in April 2009 -- a loss of 4.5 percent.

And, Pennsylvania had a gain of 2,200 construction jobs from March to April -- 1.0 percent growth.

Increases in stimulus-funded projects and growing demand for single family construction helped boost monthly construction employment in 29 states between March and April, the Associated General Contractors of America said. [5/24/10]

Dayton Business Journal (Ohio) - Ohio adds construction jobs in April

Ohio was one of 29 states that added jobs in the construction industry from March to April.

Thanks in part to the stimulus package and housing starts picking up, the state added 5,500 jobs last month, according to the Associates General Contractors of America.

As more stimulus projects get underway and single-family housing starts pick up, we are likely to see the number of states with year-over-year increases grow,” [Ken Simonson, chief economist at Associated General Contractors of America]. [5/24/10]

The Arizona Republic - Arizona nonprofits snare stimulus act energy grants

Fourteen Arizona nonprofits were awarded stimulus act grants of about $50,000 each for renewable energy projects, the state announced Monday.

The funding is part of $55.4 million that the state Energy Office got from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The projects are getting a total of $637,328 for the projects, which should help cut the amount of money they spend on electricity and provide employment opportunities, which was the goal of the stimulus. [5/24/10]

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