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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that states can access $268 million in additional funds for community hospitals to help treat uninsured and low-income patients included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Click here to learn more about this additional funding and how it may impact hospitals in your state>>

IN OTHER NEWS

Associated Press - Obama urges states to use recovery money carefully
With states eager to spend, President Barack Obama announced guidelines Friday aimed at preventing waste and fraud and limiting the influence lobbyists will have in carrying out the $787 billion economic stimulus program.

'This plan cannot and will not be an excuse for waste and abuse,' Obama declared… [3/20/09]

Anchorage Daily News - Palin rejects over 30% of stimulus money
Gov. Sarah Palin is refusing to accept over 30 percent of the federal economic stimulus money being offered to Alaska, including dollars for schools, energy assistance and social services…

The biggest single chunk of money that Palin is turning down is about $170 million for education, including money that would go for programs to help economically disadvantaged and special needs students. Anchorage School Superintendent Carol Comeau said she is 'shocked and very disappointed' that Palin would reject the schools money. She said it could be used for job preservation, teacher training, and helping kids who need it… [3/20/09]

Springfield Business Journal (Missouri) - $577M in stimulus-funded road projects approved
The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission voted in Springfield Thursday to approve $577 million in projects to be funded by the federal economic stimulus…

The projects are expected to directly or indirectly support 22,000 jobs … [3/20/09]

Greenwire - Stimulus seen sowing seeds for renewable energy's revival
There are signs that the federal stimulus might be pumping a little life into the alternative-energy industry…

There is some dispute among insiders as to which sectors are seeing the most benefits. Some are confident that solar energy companies are enjoying a big lift from the stimulus, while others observe signs that wind power is seeing more gains. Most assume that energy efficiency provisions in the law will see home and building weatherization fill up much of the activity, but analysts see opportunities for photovoltaic companies here, too.

But what is clear is that parts of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act that replace the need for tax credits are giving the industry its biggest boost… [3/20/09]

WRAL Channel 5 (North Carolina) - Bidders hope stimulus projects will create, save jobs
Contractors have put in bids for the first of 70 road projects that the North Carolina Department of Transportation plans to fund with $466 million from the first round of federal economic stimulus money…

DOT officials estimate that the first 11 projects will create about 1,900 jobs and generate $390.5 million for the state economy… [3/20/09]