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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan

Washington Post - Obama Touts Stimulus, Budget Funds for 'Clean Energy Future'

President Obama today outlined plans to spend about $59 billion in economic stimulus funds and $150 billion from the federal budget to promote what he calls America's 'clean energy future.'

'We will attack the problems that have held us back for too long,' including dependence on foreign oil, Obama told a gathering of clean-energy entrepreneurs and leading researchers at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House.

He said his plan to invest $59 billion from the economic stimulus package in clean-energy projects and tax incentives would ultimately help create more than 300,000 jobs and double the nation's supply of renewable energy… [3/23/09]

WVTM Channel 13/AP (Alabama) - Stimulus to save thousands of teachers

State schools Superintendent Joe Morton has announced that nearly 3,800 teachers will get to keep their jobs for at least two more years thanks to the federal economic stimulus…

He said the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will save state teaching jobs that would have been lost at the end of the school year. Gov. Bob Riley also said the money will help the state maintain momentum in a variety of vital areas, including improvements in reading and advanced placement scores. [3/23/09]

Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tennessee) - Bredesen: Stimulus money will help higher education ‘dodge a bullet' this year

Gov. Phil Bredesen said today federal economic stimulus funds will help higher education students and institutions such as the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga “dodge a bullet” this year when it comes to large-scale tuition hikes and program cuts.

Federal money will let the state restore $100 million in funds cut from higher education in the current fiscal year 2009 budget and are is expected to offset planned reductions in fiscal years 2010 and 2011, Gov. Bredesen said… [3/23/09]

Huntsville Times (Alabama) - Broadband stimulus gets attention of state, firms

The recently passed federal stimulus law contains billions to expand broadband access to technology-light areas, with an eye toward promoting education, health care, public safety and economic development.

Alabama officials overseeing the state's broadband expansion and companies like Huntsville's Adtran, which makes equipment vital to broadband networks, are paying close attention to the program's details emerging from Washington… [3/23/09]

Anchorage Daily News (Alaska) - Protesters tell Palin to take stimulus funds

Dozens of protesters held signs Saturday criticizing Gov. Sarah Palin for turning away federal economic stimulus money they said is vital for education and other services for Alaskans… [3/21/09]

WLNE Channel 6 (Rhode Island) - More Food Stamp Funding Coming to RI

The Rhode Island Congressional Delegation today joined with the URI Feinstein Center for a Hunger Free America to announce that on April 1, Rhode Islanders receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will receive a boost in their monthly benefits.  As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the nearly 100,000 current SNAP recipients will see a permanent increase in their benefits ranging from $2 to $24 per month…

Enrollment in SNAP has increased significantly in the past year, up almost 20 percent since January 2008. [3/23/09]

Boston Globe - Scientists excited by the prospect of stimulus spending

In a down economy, science is up…

After years of flat federal funding that dimmed morale and stalled basic research, the federal stimulus package has created a frenzy for 'lab-ready' science, with a $21.5 billion investment in research and development…

'I think you're noticing a spring in people's steps, in the recognition that a real contribution can be made by researchers across the country,' said Kevin Casey, associate vice president in the office of government, community, and public affairs at Harvard University… [3/23/09]