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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Congressional Republicans threaten to take us back to the failed policies that created the economic crisis -- siding with the special interests:  Wall Street banks, credit card companies, Big Oil, and insurance companies. These economic and fiscal policies created the Bush recession -- the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, with job losses of nearly 800,000 a month -- and nearly doubled our national debt. 

Democrats in Congress will continue to take America in a New Direction, working to create American jobs and a strong new foundation for our economy, protecting Main Street and the middle class. 

According to a new analysis of federal data by USA TODAY, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act helped bring down tax bills to the lowest level since 1950.

“One-third of last year's $862 billion economic stimulus went for tax cuts. Biggest reduction: The Making Work Pay tax credit reduced income taxes $800 for married couples earning up to $150,000.” [5/11/10]

Contra Costa Times (California) - Political Blotter: Lee touts green jobs [MEMBER MENTIONED: Barbara Lee (CA-9)]

Rep. Barbara Lee and an Obama Administration official praised an East Bay green-jobs training program this morning as a hotbed of California's future economy.

Lee had just toured the college's Green Jobs Program, which prepares graduates for jobs in energy efficiency sales, retrofitting and auditing; renewable energy; and water conservation.

'It's wonderful to see our tax dollars at work,' Lee said, noting Laney had received American Recovery and Reinvestment Act economic stimulus funds for the program teaching 'cutting-edge technologies that are going to help ensure our country becomes energy-independent.'

ARRA 'really has been a lifeline for many communities,' she said, adding that her 9th Congressional District has received $1.9 billion under the legislation, the third-highest amount of any California district. [5/10/10]

Philadelphia Business Journal (Pennsylvania) - Bucks police get slice of stimulus [MEMBER MENTIONED: Patrick Murphy (PA-8)]

Pennsylvania's $72.3 million in federal stimulus funds awarded last year for state and local law enforcement assistance, has touched down in Bucks County.

Police chiefs there now have their $458,000 slice of the funds, which they'll use to strengthen neighborhood safety, improve gang and drug crime prevention and purchase or upgrade equipment, U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Bucks, said in announcing receipt of the funds alongside chiefs from the communities this morning at the Bristol Township Police Department.

'I'm proud to announce this critical funding for our brave, hardworking police officers,” Murphy said. “Recovery Act funding has kept cops from getting laid off and kept our communities safe.” [5/10/10]

Orlando Sentinel (Florida) - Florida ramps up stimulus money spending

Florida ramped up spending on federal stimulus money on road projects during the first quarter of 2010, more than doubling roadwork and supporting 2,003 full-time construction jobs, a state report said Monday.

The state also showed progress in spending for work ranging from water-plant improvements to law enforcement, according to the report. [5/10/10]

Crain's Detroit Business (Michigan) - Local programs expect to train more than 1,000 for green jobs

More than 1,000 current or displaced Southeast Michigan professionals could qualify for high-skill, energy-saving “green” jobs in the next three years through local workforce training programs funded or co-funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Examples of jobs would be technicians and engineers working in energy storage or solar energy specialties.

“If all goes well, this would mean hundreds if not thousands of local jobs,” he [David Shevrin, workforce development consultant to the local Southeast Michigan Works Area Council] said. [5/9/10]

The Morning Call (Pennsylvania) - Stimulus money to help pay for day care [DISTRICT MENITIONED: R- Charles Dent (PA-15): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

Hundreds of the Lehigh Valley's poorest families will be able to afford child care while they work or undergo job training -- courtesy of an infusion of cash from the federal stimulus program.

Money from the federal effort, formally known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will be used to help agencies clear the waiting list of families who have applied for the aid but couldn't receive it because there wasn't enough money to satisfy the demand.

There were about 250 families waiting for such aid in Lehigh County when the stimulus money was announced, officials said, and an additional 118 in Northampton County. [5/11/10]

KTUU NBC-2 (Alaska) - Alaska schools in line for federal stimulus money [DISTRICT MENTIONED: R-Don Young (AK-At Large): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

Alaska public schools will receive a $31 million boost from federal stimulus money.

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich on Monday announced the money in the second phase of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. He says the one-time program was created to provide money to schools for fiscal years 2009, 2010, and 2011.

Begich says the recovery act supported 200 education jobs in Alaska at the end of last year.

He says the money is expected to assist schools to develop education initiatives, expand facilities and invest in new technology. [5/11/10]

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