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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

The productivity [of Congress] began with the stimulus package, which was far more than an injection of $787 billion in government spending to jump-start the ailing economy.   More than one-third of it -- $288 billion -- came in the form of tax cuts, making it one of the largest tax cuts in history, with sizable credits for energy conservation and renewable-energy production as well as home-buying and college tuition. The stimulus also promised $19 billion for the critical policy arena of health-information technology, and more than $1 billion to advance research on the effectiveness of health-care treatments.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan has leveraged some of the stimulus money to encourage wide-ranging reform in school districts across the country. There were also massive investments in green technologies, clean water and a smart grid for electricity, while the $70 billion or more in energy and environmental programs was perhaps the most ambitious advancement in these areas in modern times. As a bonus, more than $7 billion was allotted to expand broadband and wireless Internet access, a step toward the goal of universal access.

Any Congress that passed all these items separately would be considered enormously productive. Instead, this Congress did it in one bill.

        [Washington Post; Norm Ornstein Op-Ed; 1/31/10]

The latest recipient reports on the Recovery Act were posted at the end of January -- reporting on one-fifth of the Recovery Act money spent out for projects and direct aid in the last quarter of 2009 and less than one-tenth of the overall Recovery Act program.  The following news clips illustrate only a fraction of the total jobs funded by the Recovery Act -- which the Council of Economic Advisors estimated was about 2 million by the end of 2009… with more to come.

Courier Journal (Kentucky and Indiana) - U.S.: Stimulus funded 15,300 Ind. Jobs

The federal government says its stimulus program paid for nearly 15,300 Indiana jobs during the final three months of 2009.

In all last year, the state, Hoosier communities and companies were awarded $4.1 billion in grants, loans and contracts from the massive jobs program pushed by President Barack Obama and approved by Congress nearly a year ago.

The largest portion of Indiana's awards -- more than $1billion -- went to the state Department of Transportation. In 2009, the stimulus funded more than 850 highway projects -- the most of any state -- with plans to have more than 1,000 projects completed or under way by next spring, state officials said. [1/31/10]

Boston Globe (Massachusetts) - Nearly 14,000 jobs created or saved at end of 2009, Patrick says

Governor Deval Patrick said yesterday that 13,882 jobs were created or saved in the last three months of 2009 as a result of spending $507 million in federal stimulus money.

Patrick said the 13,882 individuals working reflect 4,722 full-time-equivalent positions created or saved from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31. The total number of jobs represent a mixture of full- and part-time jobs and include a large number of teachers and other workers including clerical workers, construction workers, firefighters, and others.

The Patrick administration said that investments in clean and alternative energy initiatives such as solar and wind power and road-construction projects such as the Assembly Square work in Somerville have created jobs and improved the quality of life for residents across the state. [1/31/10]

The New Mexico Independent - Gov: ‘10,000 jobs due to stimulus'

Governor Richardson said in a press release Friday that 10,000 full and part time jobs are the result of federal stimulus money. In a breakdown of the numbers 7,372 people got full or part time jobs in the last quarter of 2009.

Governor Richardson hailed the numbers, saying in the release:  “The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has definitely had a positive impact on New Mexico's economy,” Governor Richardson said. “This is just a snapshot of stimulus spending in New Mexico, but it's clear that thousands of people have work and hundreds of millions of dollars are flowing throughout the economy. The impact has been felt in every county in the state, and in both urban and rural New Mexico.”

The Governor said the jobs are spread all over the state but are primarily in public schools and in transportation. The release says New Mexico should recive $3.4 billion dollars in stimulus money, with $2.1 billion being shuttled through state government. [1/29/10]

Denver Post (Colorado) - Tally of stimulus jobs cites 9,406 in Colo.

More than 9,406 jobs were funded in Colorado by stimulus dollars during the last three months of 2009, according to the latest wave of federal data released Saturday evening…

Grabbing the largest share of the $3.4 billion in grants, loans or contract dollars flowing into the state were higher education, prison and transportation sectors, according to the Recovery.gov website. [1/31/10]

High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal (Kentucky) Markey announces $2.5 million for Phillips energy project

Rep. Betsy Markey (D-CO) announced that Phillips County will receive $2,500,000 in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to help launch a community-owned, 30-megawatt wind energy project, with an ultimate goal to build a 650-megawatt wind farm within Sedgwick, Phillips, and Logan counties in Northeast Colorado.

'This is great news for Northeast Colorado,' said Markey. 'We must stop sending billions of dollars to Middle East dictators to support our energy needs, and local energy systems like this can play a key role in breaking our dependence on Middle East oil. It's time for America to take back control of our energy, our security, and our jobs, and Northeast Colorado is helping to lead that charge.'[1/29/10]

The Reporter (California) - Solano awarded $1.4 million for Dixon housing

Of the 34 California counties receiving stimulus money to build affordable housing and create jobs, Solano County was among 11 with only one such project.

State Treasurer Bill Lockyer this week announced the final distribution of more than $800 million of federal stimulus money for low-income family housing projects statewide.

'These funds have played a vital part in helping to revitalize California's economy,' Lockyer said. 'The program has rejuvenated many stalled projects and helped others get off the ground. In doing so, we've created needed affordable housing for working Californians and their families, and helped to put people back to work.'

In all, more than $800 million was distributed under the federal stimulus program, helping build more than 9,600 housing units and create more than 24,000 jobs in 34 counties statewide, Lockyer's office said. [1/30/10]

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