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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Dayton Business Journal (Ohio) - Stimulus pumps $500M, 665 jobs into Dayton economy [DISTRICTS MENTIONED: R-John Boehner (OH-8): Voted NO on Recovery Act, and R-Michael Turner (OH-3): Voted NO on Recovery Act]
The stimulus package already has bestowed about $500 million to the Dayton area and is currently paying for 665 jobs. But more funding is headed this way in the form of energy efficiency upgrades, roadwork and green jobs retraining for auto workers.

The release of spending and job creation data for the quarter ended June 30 shows the Dayton region continues to see the benefits of the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, or economic stimulus package. Although the majority of the stimulus funding has already been awarded, a little less than half has been received. That means the impact of the stimulus package will not be subsiding any time soon, according to Cheryl Arvidson, assistant director of communications for the Washington, D.C.-based Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board. [8/9/10]

Bellingham Herald (Washington) - Federal stimulus money helps small businesses in Bellingham [DISTRICT MENTIONED: Rick Larsen (WA-2)]
…Skelley's story is far from unique as small- and medium-sized business owners across the state have used stimulus funds to renovate, expand and even open businesses at a time when other credit has been hard to come by. Recipients include an Italian restaurant in Bellingham, a a hydroponic gardening store in the Olympia area and a plastics plant in Tacoma.

While most of the media attention has focused on major infrastructure projects and everything from schools to health care and green energy projects, Skelley and tens of thousands like him are mostly overlooked as they use economic recovery funding to create or save one or two jobs at a time

Washington state governments, nonprofits and businesses are expected to eventually receive $6.6 billion in federal stimulus funding by way of grants, loans and contracts, and about a third of that has already been spent, said Arun Raha, executive director of the Washington Office of the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council that tracks economic trends in the state.

Through June, that stimulus money had created or saved an estimated 14,000 jobs in Washington state, Raha said, adding that could increase to an estimated 70,000 to 75,000 jobs by the time the money runs out. The state's unemployment rate has edged down from 9.4 percent in the first quarter of this year to 8.9 percent.

'Without the stimulus it would have been higher,' Raha said. [8/9/10]

The Buffalo News (New York) - Stimulus funding helped speed up claims process [DISTRICT MENTIONED: Brian Higgins (NY-27)]

Stimulus money led to an increase in the job rolls at the Buffalo office of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Buffalo office hired 152 employees to help process veterans' claims for benefits, especially disability compensation, thanks to funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, officials said. VA officials said the new employees helped free up highly trained professionals from routine administrative work, also speeding up the application process.

Nationally, $150 million of a total of $1.8 billion in stimulus directed to the VA resulted in hiring 2,700 temporary and permanent employees. [8/8/10]

WKOW (Wisconsin) - New hybrid buses hit the road in Madison [MEMBER MENTIONED: Tammy Baldwin (WI-20)]

…the mayor joined Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin and Madison Metro Officials Monday to celebrate the delivery of 14 new hybrid buses, thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The buses are paid for by ARRA and will replace conventional busses in the city's fleet…

'This is the single biggest ARRA-funded project in Madison, but it's certainly not the only one. We're using every tool in the toolbox to help create and keep jobs and are slowly making progress, but I will not be satisfied until every Wisconsinite who wants a job has one,' Baldwin said.

Metro Transit estimates that the new hybrid buses will realize a 20 to 30% fuel savings, meaning a savings to local taxpayers of at least $500,000. [8/9/10]

McClatchy News -  Stimulus money helps homeless schoolchildren [DISTRICT MENTIONED: G.K. Butterfield (NC-1)]

Downtown Rocky Mount in eastern North Carolina offers a horizon of shuttered businesses, along with a stretch of houses with boarded-up windows and vacant porches...

The area's woes have contributed to another number that's rising: homelessness among children.

The Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools system had at least 564 homeless students for the 2009-10 school year, up 9 percent from last year. North Carolina ranks as the ninth worst state in the country for the risk of child homelessness, with a 48 percent increase in homeless youth from 2006.

About $70 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as the stimulus bill, is to bolster a federal program aimed at helping homeless children

North Carolina received $1,627,010 in stimulus money under the McKinney-Vento act. Nash County, which includes Rocky Mount, got $44,248. [8/8/10]

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