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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan

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Vice President Joe Biden and Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the release of $3.2 billion in energy efficiency and conservation projects in U.S. cities, counties, states, territories, and Native American tribes, included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Click here to learn more about the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program>> 

Vice President Biden and Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue announced that those individuals who receive Social Security and Supplemental Social Security Income benefits will receive an additional $250 beginning in early May 2009.
Click here to learn more about these payments which were included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan>>
 
HEADLINES

NBC4i (Ohio) - Stimulus Projects To Create, Retain 21K+ Ohio Jobs

Ohio Governor Ted Strickland announced Thursday that 149 transportation infrastructure projects have been prioritized for full or partial funding from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act resources…

Federal transportation stimulus funds totaling $774 million will be spent in nearly every Ohio county.

Based on federal calculations for transportation investment, an estimated 21,257 jobs will be created or retained through these stimulus projects, with thousands of additional jobs likely to be spurred by the economic development that will occur as a result of the projects… [3/26/09]

Minneapolis Star Tribune - Millions for Minnesota energy projects coming

The White House announced today that $37.3 million is on its way to Minnesota to pay state and local governments for energy efficiency and conservation projects.

The money, part of $3.2 billion for such projects nationwide, is flowing from the federal stimulus package that became law last year… [3/26/09]

The Republican (Massachusetts) - Federal stimulus money to boost hospitals and health care

Gov. Deval L. Patrick announced Wednesday more than $750 million in federal stimulus money will be pumped into health care in the state, including $160 million for hospitals… [3/26/09]

Greenville News (South Carolina) - State may not get stimulus

Thousands of teachers could lose their jobs and two to three prisons could be closed if Gov. Mark Sanford doesn't change his mind about rejecting $350 million in federal stimulus funds, House Speaker Bobby Harrell said Wednesday, as lawmakers were directed to prepare a budget without the stimulus because of fears their request for the money won't stand up in court… [3/26/09]

Seattle Times (Washington) - State to get $150M in stimulus funds

Federal stimulus spending will funnel $150 million into Washington state to pay for military projects, $35 million to build two buildings at Amtrak's Seattle King Street Maintenance Facility, and more than $40 million to improve public housing… [3/26/09]

Associated Press - Governor agrees to stimulus funds

Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons, who had earlier concerns about accepting federal stimulus funds to expand jobless benefits, said Wednesday that he's now willing to take all such funds, estimated at more than $291 million.

“We have the responsibility to do everything we can to help our unemployed workers get through these difficult times, even if that means passing legislation that we would not necessarily approve during prosperous times,” Gibbons stated… [3/25/09]