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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan

Today, President Obama and Vice President Biden visited the Department of Transportation to highlight the considerable investment in our nation's infrastructure included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan - specifically, the more than $28 billion that will be allocated to the states for highway construction and improvements. This critical investment will create or save an estimated 150,000 jobs by the end of 2010. Click here to learn more about infrastructure funds going to your state.
 
Headlines and Highlights of other coverage include:

New York Times: Stimulus Flows Into Patchwork of State Transport Projects

… Some states are taking radically different approaches with their transportation money: while Kansas is using its money on a few big marquee projects to expand capacity at several highways, Maryland has adopted a fix-it-first policy, and plans to use its money to repairs dozens of old roads and bridges instead of building new ones.

The work -- however mundane much of it is -- cannot come too soon for a construction industry buffeted by an unemployment rate that has risen to twice the national average as many states cut back on building…[3/3/09]


Minneapolis Star-Tribune (Minnesota): Stimulus funds to aid Open Door

The Open Door Health Center in Mankato will receive $1.3 million from the new federal stimulus package, officials said Monday, allowing it to probably more than double the number of low-income and uninsured patients it sees this year…

Started in 1993, Open Door provided medical and dental care last year to about 3,000 patients. “There's so much unmet need in the 10 counties we serve,” said executive director Sarah Kruse. She said the clinic turns away about 100 dental patients a month. “The grant will be a huge help, because good dental care prevents a lot of other health problems.”… [3/2/09]

USA Today: Stimulus will help laid-off workers with COBRA costs

If you're out of work, someone -- a relative, colleague or financial adviser -- has probably emphasized the importance of continuing your health insurance…The economic stimulus package signed into law last month seeks to address the high costs by subsidizing COBRA premiums for unemployed workers… [3/3/09]