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The Courier-Journal (Kentucky) - Stimulus money pays 123 workers
Construction companies paid 123 workers a total of $202,111 during May for highway work funded by the federal stimulus bill.

The Nashville, Tenn.-based Rogers Group accounted for the bulk of the payroll -- $184,955 for 104 employees and subcontractors -- according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's first monthly report to the Federal Highway Administration.

Reporting employment on the projects is a key part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which aims to create or save 48,000 jobs in Kentucky over the next two years. [Read More]

Florida Today - Editorial: Saving the lagoon
Federal stimulus dollars for projects on the Indian River Lagoon couldn't come at a more critical time.

Florida's Department of Environmental Protection says aggressive new efforts are needed to save the threatened lagoon from the damage of stormwater runoff and other pollutants flowing into it from furious development in its watershed.

The work will create badly needed jobs and shore up Brevard's economy, which gets a more than $1.2 billion annual boost from the lagoon.

That's another reason to thank Democrats Sen. Bill Nelson and Rep. Suzanne Kosmas of New Smyrna Beach, who voted for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that's making stimulus-related projects possible. [Read More]

Morris Daily Herald (Illinois) - Summer jobs on the stimulus
Minooka High School student Keith Latimer landed a job three weeks ago through the summer youth employment program for Grundy County youth.

He and co-worker Allen Wise of Morris showed visiting Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson, D-Crete, their new composting container projects at  the residential tower.

“I wanted to be here because the stimulus bill provided money for all these guys we've been seeing all day on the job for the summer,” Halvorson said during her visit. [Read More]

WCPO-ABC (Ohio) Boehner Says He Can't Find Stimulus Jobs
Even though it's not quite the Fourth of July, political fireworks are already going off over new claims by Tri-State Congressman John Boehner that he can't find any of the new jobs from the huge government stimulus program

1st Ohio District Congressman, Democrat Steve Driehaus says Boehner would find the stimulus jobs, if he looked for them. Driehaus even offered to show stimulus jobs to Boehner, 'I'll take him down to the Banks. I'll take him to several projects around I-75. There's even a new water treatment facility going in for Butler County, his district, with stimulus money. It has been and will continue to create new jobs in Hamilton County and throughout the Tri-State. That's what the stimulus is all about.'

Driehaus says he found a graphic in this week's Cincinnati Business Courier showing that over $330 million in stimulus money has already been allocated to Tri-State projects, with more on the way. [Read More]

Norwich Bulletin (Connecticut) - Killingly, Thompson, Sprague split $500,000 in stimulus funds
Three Eastern Connecticut towns will share more than $500,000 in federal stimulus funds, U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney's office announced Thursday.

The funding is part of a $63.8 million federal rural development package designed to improve infrastructure and create jobs in the region, Courtney's office said. [Read More]

Bangor Daily News (Maine) - Maine, Baldacci praised for ‘green economy' effort
Maine is embracing the “green economy” goals of President Obama as its own, [Gov. John Baldacci] said.

Baldacci said the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has provided the funds for significant investments by schools in both weatherizing buildings to conserve energy and acquiring furnaces that burn wood instead of oil.

“There is a great potential in a state like Maine for the development of renewable-energy jobs,” [First District Rep. Chellie Pingree, a Democrat] said. “We all know we are the most oil-dependent state in the nation.”

“The United States cannot afford to fall behind other countries,” [Second District Rep. Mike Michaud, a Democrat] said. [Read More]

New Haven Register (Connecticut) - $2.5M in federal funds will help revitalize river
…U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3, announced that the project will receive $2.5 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The $4 million grant includes $1.57 million for restoration of more than 100 acres of tidal marsh in New Haven and East Lyme.

“These two efforts are but two examples of how we are being good stewards of our economy, and protecting these ecosystems for future generations,” [DeLauro said in a statement]. [Read More]

The Daily Record (North Carolina) - Harnett Community Health Centers Get Stimulus Money
U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-Lillington) announced a hefty grant made payable to First Choice Community Health Centers of Harnett County.

Thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, the health centers have been awarded $585,300.

The unprecedented effort was enacted by the 111th Congress to jumpstart the economy and to create and save millions of jobs throughout the country. [Read More]

Foster's Daily Democrat - New Hampshire gets $26m in stimulus funds for energy plan
As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, New Hampshire will receive nearly $26 million for its state energy program, authorized as part of the federal economic stimulus package.

'We were surprised how quickly we were approved,' said Mary Downes, energy-efficiency specialist at the state Office of Energy and Planning.

Most of the stimulus funding will go to two projects. Some $11 million be used for improving the energy efficiency of state buildings, and the New Hampshire Community College System and the University System of New Hampshire will receive $1.3 million each to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings. [Read More]

Asheville Citizen-Times (North Carolina) - Schools await stimulus dollars
Schools with a large population of disadvantaged students will get money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to fill gaps left by budget shortfalls.

Asheville City Schools stands to get more than $1.2 million in stimulus money for its five Title I schools. Almost $10.6 million will go to Buncombe County Schools' 23 Title I schools next school year.

“The additional dollars are actually going to help,” said Ann Ward, director of elementary education for Asheville City Schools. “Those dollars are safeguarding a number of jobs in our district that were paid out of local funds or state funds that are no longer there.” [Read More]

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