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Tennessean - Trade Adjustment Assistance Program Augmented By Recovery And Reinvestment Act, Blunting Impact Of Overseas Job Loss.

The federal Trade Adjustment Assistance program is being expanded as part of President Barack Obama's stimulus plan, a move that may double the annual cost of the federal program to $2 billion within five years. New rules cover a broader range of workers than simply those in the hard-hit manufacturing sector. Covered workers are able to qualify for unemployment checks for up to three years -- or nearly twice as long as the typical worker who isn't affected by ‘off-shoring' or the shift of jobs to foreign countries. Others get help paying health insurance costs.

Also, starting in May, laid-off white-collar workers in service industries such as accounting, software development, auto-parts design and call center operations became eligible for the more generous benefits, a move that could add more workers to the rolls as unemployment in Tennessee flirts with the 10 percent level, a full percentage point above the U.S. rate.” [6/02/09]

Ashley County Ledger (Arkansas) - Wilmot Gets $24000 Grant for New Police Car

U.S. Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor and U.S. Representatives Marion Berry (AR-01), Vic Snyder (AR-02) and Mike Ross (AR-04) announced that rural communities across Arkansas, including Wilmot, will receive a total of $1,450,000 to purchase police cars, fire trucks, and other needed safety equipment. The funds are provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which Congress passed with their support and the President signed into law earlier this year.

'Investing in rural development is critical to the overall success of our state's economy,' said Ross. 'This economic recession has hit our rural areas particularly hard and I am pleased to see these recovery dollars make their way to southern and western Arkansas. Regardless of the nation's economic situation, we should always ensure our rural facilities and first responders have the resources to protect and serve the needs of their residents.' The economic recovery funds are provided through USDA Rural Development's Community Facilities program, which helps finance and develop essential community facilities for public use in rural areas. [6/3/09]

KTUU Channel 2 (Alaska) - Alaska to get $228 million to fix Forest Service roads, bridges

National forest roads and bridges in Alaska and 30 other states will get long-needed repairs under an economic stimulus spending plan announced by President Barack Obama's administration on Tuesday.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that $228 million in economic stimulus money will be used for road maintenance and decommissioning and watershed restoration in dozens of national forests. … Alaska has seven projects for a total of $8 million. Projects are scheduled across the state from Southeast, to the Interior and the Anchorage, Mat-Su and Kenai boroughs.

A total of 106 projects in 31 states will be paid for as part of the $1.15 billion in economic stimulus funding awarded to the Forest Service. … More than half the money goes to five western states -- Idaho, Oregon, Montana, California and Washington -- where officials said the need is greatest. … Alaska, Arizona, Colorado and Michigan also receive significant funding. [6/3/09]

The River Reporter (Pennsylvania) - Wayne stimulus for community projects

Funding from President Obama's stimulus package, which will grant $113,790 to Wayne County, will be spent on several community projects that are part of the Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) program.

The funding will come to the county through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) passed by Congress. … “The county will receive $80,320 and Honesdale Borough will receive $33,470,” said Jackie Young, director of the Wayne County Redevelopment Authority. She addressed the Wayne County Commissioners at their meeting on May 28.

One of the county's allocations will be used to pay for construction in the court house building to meet the requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act, which will cost $26,526; another will be for a water and sewer project for Habitat for Humanity costing $12,000; and a third is for paving in Clinton Township, which will cost $35,369. [6/4/09]

Associated Press - Michigan Receives Stimulus Money for Schools

More than $1 billion in federal stimulus money is officially available to maintain budgets at Michigan schools and help reduce the size of other budget cuts in state programs. ... The cash is designed to help stabilize budgets and maintain education funding.
The Department of Commerce announced that $27 million in competitive grants are available for communities coping with the downturn of the auto industry in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Minnesota. … A Michigan community service group announced that several organizations will split up $2.5 million to boost AmeriCorps programs. [6/3/09]

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