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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan

“In speaking with the other leaders, the recovery act is having an enormous impact in saving jobs that would otherwise have to be cut because we all have balanced budget requirements in our states…And the jobs that would be cut -- teachers, health care workers … These jobs are being saved by this recovery act and putting money on the street and back into our economy.”
North Carolina General Assembly Speaker Joe Hackney [3/18/09]

Yesterday, Speaker Pelosi met with the National Conference of State Legislators to discuss the economic recovery package.  Members are encouraged to contact the leaders of their state legislatures to discuss the positive impact the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is having on jobs in their communities. 

IN OTHER NEWS

Boston Herald - State getting $2M in stimulus funds for senior meals
Massachusetts will be getting more than $2 million in federal stimulus funds to provide healthy meals to low-income seniors.

The funding announced Wednesday by Vice President Joe Biden will go toward home-delivered meals and nutrition services offered at senior centers and other community centers. The state will award the funds to community organizations… [3/18/09]

Orlando Sentinel (Florida): $65M will help keep roofs over Floridians' heads
Florida is about to get $65 million for homeless-prevention programs -- money that advocates say is desperately needed to help keep the recently unemployed from winding up in shelters…

The funds, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signed by President Barack Obama in February, will be for renters who are behind on rent or utility payments and those recently evicted… [3/19/09]

Washington Post: Millions More in Federal Funds Will Spur Jobs, O'Malley Says

Gov. Martin O'Malley announced yesterday that an additional $72.6 million from the federal stimulus package will be spent on transportation projects in Prince George's and Montgomery counties, funding he said will lead to the creation of thousands of jobs.

The money will be used to repave roads, purchase buses and repair mass transit, according to John D. Porcari, secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation… [3/18/09]

Las Vegas Sun Editorial: Assisting those without jobs

President Barack Obama and Congress wisely realized an economic stimulus package wouldn't work unless a component involved additional funds for unemployment compensation. This money could help recipients pay bills and put food on the table while they are looking for jobs.

The economic benefit is obvious because it would help pump money into a community and give recipients a better chance of staying in their homes…

This is not the time for Gibbons or legislators to turn their backs on Nevadans who had the misfortune of losing their jobs. The state should do everything it can to help these individuals stay on their feet during these tough economic times. [3/19/09]

Reuters: Biden to local officials: Don't use stimulus money on stupid ideas
Vice President Joe Biden had some pointed advice Wednesday for state, county and city officials seeking guidance on spending the $787 billion in economic stimulus money approved by the U.S. Congress -- don't use it on stupid ideas…

Local officials attending the event said they appreciated being consulted by the White House so early in the process and liked the high level of coordination among government departments.
 
Brian Reilly, the economic development commissioner for Buffalo, New York, said it was unusual to have the departments of Energy, Health and Human Services, and Housing and Urban Development all talking together with local communities… [3/18/09]