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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

By the Numbers: Path to Economic Recovery
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was the first, critical step in our efforts to create jobs and strengthen and transform America's economic foundation. Despite difficult unemployment news, the Recovery Act is beginning to work and the economy would be much worse without Recovery Act funding flowing to families and communities across America. According to Mark Zandi, of Moody's Economy.com, without the stimulus, the economy would have lost about 500,000 more jobs in the last three months (second quarter) and the unemployment rate would be 0.3% higher - 9.8 percent. [Read More]

Path To Economic Recovery

KCBS (California) - Pelosi Visits SF Health Clinic
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited a neighborhood health clinic in San Francisco's Mission District Monday.

Pelosi, D-CA, was highlighting how federal economic stimulus dollars are being used to help low income people get health care. The clinic, the Mission Neighborhood Health Center on Shotwell Street, is receiving over $1 million dollars from the federal government. The money will be used to fund a new, nighttime clinic, and also take care of some improvements like a new roof, upgrades to the bathrooms, and repairs on the heating and air conditioning system.

Pelosi said San Francisco overall is receiving more than $7 million for community health programs. [Read More]

The Plain Dealer (Ohio) - John Boehner was wrong about Ohio stimulus spending
When U.S. House Minority Leader John Boehner told a newscaster Sunday that not a single stimulus-funded road contract in his home state of Ohio had been let, he was wrong.

The Ohio Department of Transportation has OK'd 52 stimulus-funded road and bridge projects at a cost of nearly $84 million.

An ODOT spokesman called Boehner's statement 'disappointing.'

And Scott Varner noted that ODOT had just OK'd six more stimulus road projects which will cost about $43 million. [Read More]

Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia) - Stimulus money flows into Georgia
The U.S. Department of Energy said Monday it will send $32.9 million in federal stimulus money to Georgia to help the state make its buildings more efficient.

The program will be run by the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority, which typically operates on a budget of about $1 million a year. The money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will boost that budget by more than 8,000 percent.

After the governor's office selects the projects, work can begin in August, [David Gipson, energy resources director for the authority] said.

“That's the fastest track we've been on,” he said. [Read More]

Northern Arizona Today (Arizona) - Rep. Kirkpatrick Announces More Than $1.4 Million in Funds to Expand Clinics, Improve Northern Arizona Health Care
Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick announced today that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be making $1,437,515 available to North Country HealthCare to help improve access to quality care in Greater Arizona. The funds are part of $851 million in grants that HHS will release to address facility and equipment needs at health care centers nationwide through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The announcement comes as the Congresswoman finishes her “Standing Up for Rural Arizona” tour, which included a stop at the opening of a new North Country clinic in Show Low. That facility was established with $1.3 million in Recovery Act funds.

“Rural Arizonans are being underserved by our current health care system, and this sort of investment allows us to benefit from 21st-century technology while reducing our costs,” said Rep. Kirkpatrick. [Read More]

The Review (Ohio) - County receives additional recovery money
Columbiana County will receive over a half-million dollars of funding for equipment and technology and some $200,000 in grants and loans for a community library as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Congressman Charlie Wilson (OH-6) announced on Thursday the release of funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation and Agriculture that will give the county $537,500 worth of tools and machinery. The total is more than half of the total set for Ohio's Sixth District, which totals $1,090,986.

'This money will create jobs, increase the efficiency of public transportation and reduce general travel expenses for working families across Ohio. The funding represents a continued commitment by the Obama administration to protecting the livelihoods and security of Ohio's families,' [Wilson said.] [Read More]

Herald News (Massachusetts) - Job skills, city park benefit from stimulus
As the eight youth parks employees were working under the sun, another group of kids sat behind computers in two air-conditioned offices on the fifth floor of the Millennium bcpbank building on Pleasant Street. There they were learning the finer points of interviewing for jobs, customer service and computer skills in the Southcoast Center for Professional Development.

The two scenes are just what U.S. Rep. James McGovern was hoping for when Congress voted, and eventually approved, stimulus money to help support youth jobs.

“This is a good example of the stimulus money at work,” McGovern said after talking with two youths working at the park.

Thanks to stimulus funding, 627 youths have been employed throughout the region, said James Caulkins, Bristol County Training Consortium director. Caulkins said that last year when the program relied solely on state funding only 180 youths were employed. [Read More]

The Troy Record (New York) Stimulus funds boost energy upgrades
Rep. Paul Tonko and others are calling on low- and middle-income New Yorkers to take advantage of subsidized residential energy upgrades that, while long in place, can now do four times the work they once did due to an influx of federal stimulus dollars.

Billions were set aside in the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to help with energy-efficient upgrades to homes, and $394 million of that is at New York's disposal -- effectively quadrupling the money available to the state's Division of Housing and Community Renewal to distribute to local groups for such projects.

“When you multiply what one house can contribute to resolving our energy demands by the many houses across this country, you can comprehend what kind of impact this can make,” said Tonko, an Amsterdam Democrat. [Read More]

Beacon News (Illinois) - Feds give VNA $1 million for renovations at clinic
The Visiting Nurse Association in Aurora and other health care agencies in Elgin and Rock falls will share in $2,643,885 in federal stimulus funding, U.S. Rep. Bill Foster announced this week.

The VNA will receive $1,147,645, to be used for renovations at the VNA clinic on Aurora's West Side.

The Greater Elgin Family Care Center in Elgin will receive $880,000, and the Whiteside County Health Department and Whiteside County Community Health Clinic in Rock Falls will receive $616,240, said Foster, D-Geneva. [Read More]

The Courier Journal (Kentucky) - Energy Department releases nearly $50 million to Ky.
The Department of Energy is providing Kentucky $28.3 million for its weatherization program and $21 million to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives.

The Energy Department's Weatherization Assistance Program will be available to families making up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level or about $44,000 a year for a family of four. Weatherization projects allow low-income families to save money by making their homes more energy efficient, which results in average savings of 32 percent for heating bills. [Read More]

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