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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Union Leader (New Hampshire) - NH share of stimulus money nearly $1 billion so far [DISTRICTS MENTIONED: Carol Shea-Porter (NH-1), Paul Hodes (NH-2)]

New Hampshire has received nearly $1 billion in federal stimulus money since February 2009, according to a new state report.

In a quarterly update to the Executive Council and the Legislature, the Office of Economic Stimulus reported that through June 30, state spending of stimulus funds saved or created 8,303 jobs. Of those, 2,374 came in the last three months, the report said, a 75 percent increase over the previous quarter. An additional 361 jobs were saved or created through direct grants to colleges, health centers and other agencies that state does not control

Among the largest federal awards made directly to colleges and other agencies were $5.8 million for wastewater treatment system in Farmington, $3 million in a research grant to Dartmouth College, and $7.4 million for border-crossing upgrades in Pittsburg. [8/18]

Staten Island Advance - $770K in stimulus money allocated to improve security around perimeter of Whitehall Ferry Terminal [MEMBER MENTIONED: Michael McMahon (NY-13)]

Security at the Staten Island Ferry got a boost from a Port Security grant that will be used to beef up the perimeter around the Whitehall Ferry Terminal, and for emergency response equipment for use in the event of an emergency or terrorist attack.

Rep. Michael McMahon announced yesterday that the $770,000 grant was secured from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The funds are part of $150 million awarded by the Department of Homeland Security to protect critical port facilities and infrastructure.

'The Staten Island Ferry provides a critical means of transportation for Island commuters and is the nation's busiest ferry system,' McMahon said. 'These key federal funds will help keep the Whitehall terminal and our ferry fleet safe for the more than 65,000 people who ride the Staten Island Ferry every day.' [8/18]  

Anoka County Union (Minnesota) - Anoka County broadband project gets green light [DISTRICT MENTIONED: Keith Ellison (MN-5)]

Implementation of the $19.117 million Connect Anoka County high-speed Internet broadband project has been given the green light by the Anoka County Board.

The purpose of the project is to lay fiber to connect all government buildings in the county, including the county, cities, school districts and colleges, while providing the backbone for business and industry to connect if they wish to.

The federal grant to expand broadband services in the county came from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars. [8/18] 

CNN - Is the U.S. turning a corner on high-speed rail?

The Department of Transportation awarded $8 billion among 31 states to begin developing America's first nationwide high-speed intercity passenger rail service.

'High-speed rail in America is long overdue and President Obama understands we can't build the economy of the future on the transportation networks of the past,' said Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph Szabo.

Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, these new dollars represent a historic investment in the country's transportation infrastructure. It will help create jobs and transform travel in America, according to a U.S. Department of Transportation official.

High-speed rail supporters say the industry would stimulate the economy by creating millions of jobs across numerous sectors.

'Based on our company's 45 years of experience with high-speed rail in Japan, bringing high-speed rail to the United States will translate into jobs,' said Mike Finnegan, an executive with US-Japan High Speed Rail and US-Japan Maglev.

'Importantly, these jobs pay well and they cannot be shipped overseas.' [8/18]  

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