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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Associated Press - In Ohio, stimulus funds1,138 highway jobs in July
President Barack Obama's $787 billion economic stimulus package for the nation meant 1,138 highway construction jobs created or continued in Ohio in July, the first full month that figures were available to the state.

Early data also shows about 300 young people were hired with stimulus money this summer to clear trails, paint buildings and do other maintenance work at state parks.

Ohio expects to get $774 million in stimulus funds for highway projects, and recently awarded $138 million in contracts for its largest stimulus investment - a highway bypass around Nelsonville in southeast Ohio.

Ohio officials estimate that 21,257 jobs will be created or retained through stimulus-funded highway construction projects… [Read More]

New Hampshire Business Review - NHDOT reports 417 stimulus jobs created through July
The $112 million of stimulus contracts for the New Hampshire Department of Transportation through July has thus far resulted in the equivalent of 417 jobs, according to the latest figures from the DOT.

According to DOT's most recent figures, those workers contributed 33,699 hours in July, which translates into a full-time equivalent of 183 workers working a 40-hour week during the month…

According to the figures, the total payroll for the first four months was $1.67 million. [Read More]

The Salinas Californian - Farr: Monterey County will feel federal stimulus' impact soon
So far, more than $90 million in federal stimulus money is scheduled to come into Monterey County to finance projects and public services including roads, construction, schools and law enforcement.

The benefit to the local economy should become obvious by early 2010, U.S. Rep. Sam Farr, D-Carmel, told business and community leaders Thursday morning during an installment of the Wake Up Salinas series at Hartnell College. [Read More]

Maui Weekly (Hawaii) - Federal Funds Expand Energy Efficiency in Hawai‘i
Hawai‘i will receive $1.6 million to contract for the installation of energy-efficient light fixtures, water heaters and other devices and to expand energy conservation education for low-income families…

... The money will be used to install energy-efficient devices in more than 650 homes across the state over the next three years.

U.S. Representative Neil Abercrombie also recently announced that Hawai‘i residents will be able to apply for $1,235,985 in rebates for the purchase of new Energy Star-qualified home appliances. The funding is also part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

“Home appliances consume a huge amount of electricity, so we can save energy and save families money every month,” said Rep. Abercrombie. “These rebates will help families obtain more efficient appliances, and by encouraging such purchases nationwide, the rebate program will directly stimulate the country's economy and create jobs.” [Read More]

WKOW-TV (Wisconsin) - WI receives $89.3 million to modernize unemployment insurance
The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) can use the money to pay unemployment benefits. If the legislature appropriates the money, DWD can also use funding to administer the state unemployment insurance program or to deliver employment services.

'The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is meant to soften the harshest aspects of the economic crisis which hit last year,' said U.S. Rep. Dave Obey, who represents Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District.  'Increased unemployment insurance for those who have lost their jobs is only one part of national efforts to moderate the damage, but it is a crucial part.' [Read More]

Star News (North Carolina) - Stimulus money well spent at community colleges
The best stimulus plan is one that gets people back to work quickly. Money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will allow the Cape Fear region's two community colleges to do precisely that.

Our community colleges will play a vital role in helping workers adjust to a rapidly changing labor market. Established as a way to train workers for the jobs that local businesses need to fill, North Carolina's two-year college system is among our best hopes for keeping people employed. Over the years, they also have stressed college transfer programs, but their most important contribution is and always has been to put people to work.

Now that's a stimulus program. [Read More]
Energy Current - DOE to spend US$300 million on alternative fuel vehicles

The U.S. Department of Energy has selected 25 cost-share projects under the Clean Cities program that will be funded with nearly US$300 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The projects will help transform the nation's vehicle fleet, putting thousands of alternative fuel and energy efficient vehicles on the road, and establishing refueling locations across the country. The DOE also estimates they will help displace approximately 38 million gallons of petroleum per year. [Read More]

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