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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan

Houston Chronicle (Texas) - Stimulus funds you can bank on

Federal economic stimulus dollars are making their way into the pockets of Texas consumers, providing more money in unemployment benefits, payroll checks and food stamps.

Though much of the more than $17 billion targeted for Texas is embroiled in legislative battles over spending on highways, schools, unemployment insurance and local government grants, Congress made sure some money is directly available for citizens without waiting for governmental decisions…

“That money is spent almost immediately. People aren't saving that money,” Baylor said. “People buy bread. That creates jobs at the supermarket, and the chain goes on.”… [4/6/09]

Coloradoan - Center to benefit from stimulus

Federal stimulus dollars headed toward Fort Collins will stretch beyond urban roads and buses.

About $1.3 million in stimulus money is going to the U.S. Forest Service's Rocky Mountain Research Station headquartered at 240 W. Prospect Road.

The money will aid in the construction of a new, two-story building for the station that will house laboratories and offices for scientists studying a variety of issues, including climate change… [4/5/09]

News Herald (Arizona) - Stimulus may bring low-income clinic to city

…On Thursday, the United States Department of Health and Human Services announced North Country HealthCare would receive $449,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding.

Rick Swanson, director of marketing & development at North Country HealthCare, now says his company wants to use that money, in part, to establish a new clinic in Lake Havasu City that would help the uninsured and underinsured and create jobs… [4/5/09]

Eagle Tribune (New Hampshire) - NH police eye stimulus funds to add officers

Police departments across Southern New Hampshire are hoping to increase or replenish their ranks by applying for a new round of federal stimulus money.

The funding is coming from $1 billion recently appropriated for the COPS Hiring Recovery Program, which was part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009… [4/5/09]

Martinsville Bulletin (Virginia) - Weatherization aid will benefit area

Over three years, federal stimulus funds for home weatherization (energy-conservation) assistance are expected to help 308 low- and moderate- income families in Martinsville, Danville and Henry and Pittsylvania counties, officials said.

That will be in addition to the federal government's regular annual weatherization assistance program, which will continue… [4/6/09]

USA TODAY - Tech firms eager to gobble stimulus funds

…President Obama's…$787 billion economic stimulus package, passed in February, could be a financial oasis -- especially for an industry facing a precipitous drop in tech spending by economically ravaged corporations and consumers.

It allocates tens of billions of dollars for tech upgrades to energy ($4.5 billion for smart grids), health care ($20 billion for electronic medical records), broadband deployment and education…

A $30 billion stimulus investment in health care IT, broadband expansion and intelligent utility grids could produce nearly 1 million new jobs within a year, according to research by IBM and think tank Information Technology & Innovation Foundation… [4/6/09]