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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan

Lakeville Call and Enterprise (Massachusetts) - Stimulus checks are on the way

In February, President Barack Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which provides for a one-time payment of $250 to people who get Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits. Checks should start arriving early this month. Vice President Joe Biden promised to get these checks “out the door in record time and into the hands of folks who need it most.” More than $13 billion will be paid to more than 50 million Americans… [5/5/09]

Des Moines Register (Iowa) - $257 million in federal money is aimed at school jobs, reforms

Iowa school districts will share $257 million in federal economic stimulus money that they can start to spend next month to save jobs and drive school reform over the next two years.

The 'stabilization' money is part of a federal law that aims to boost state economies and improve schools…

'I cannot imagine the across-the-board cuts that would have had to occur if those stabilization dollars had not arrived,' said Judy Jeffrey, director of the Iowa Department of Education… [5/5/09]

Mid-Hudson News (New York) - Hinchey, Hall tell business people stimulus package should turn economy around

Hudson Valley House Members Maurice Hinchey and John Hall Monday told Orange County business people they believe the federal stimulus package will work and do what it is intended to do - jumpstart the economy… [5/5/09]

Jasper Journal (Tennessee) - TDOT to spend stimulus locally

Officials with the Tennessee Department of Transportation said on Thursday they will use stimulus money to for a project in Marion County…

TDOT received $572 million for highway and bridge projects from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Flynn said the Marion County project is just one of many projects funded through the ARRA.

'We have 30 projects in the bid letting stage,' she said. 'Twenty-seven of them are funded by stimulus money.'… [5/5/09]

Sacramento Bee (California) - State seeks $1 billion in stimulus funds to bring broadband link to every household

…The bad news is that despite the good news, 45 percent of California residents - a number greater than the populations of all but five states - still don't have broadband connections in their homes because of geography, disabilities, a lack of English language skills or poverty.

Now the promising news: The state is poised to grab as much as $1 billion in federal stimulus money for closing what's referred to as a 'digital divide' between Internet haves and have-nots… [5/5/09]

Daily News Record (Virginia) - Stanley Receives $100K In Stimulus

The town of Stanley will receive $100,000 in federal economic stimulus funds to fix its sewer system…

While the stimulus funding won't cover the total cost of rehabbing the system, the town is grateful for the assistance, he said.

'We'll [have to] put some more money toward it, but this is a big help,' said Pettit, who applied for the stimulus money. 'We were very fortunate to get it.'… [5/5/09]