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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. 

The Review (Ohio) - JFS authorized for youth employment program [DISTRICT MENTIONED: Charlie Wilson (OH-6)]

Youths from income-eligible households will soon be able to apply for summer employment under a federally subsidized program which is being administered this year by the Columbiana County Department of Job and Family Services instead of a local job-training agency.

…the JFS will administer the program, which is being funded with $645,911 in federal stimulus money.

[JFS Director Eileen] Dray-Bardon expects this to be enough to hire up to 240 youths at minimum wage…for 30 hours per week up to 11 weeks. [5/13/10]

The Daily Republic (South Dakota) - Labor Department awards MTI $100,000 for green jobs training [DISTRICT MENTIONED: Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (SD-At Large)]

The South Dakota Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded $100,000 to Mitchell Technical Institute (MTI) as part of a green jobs training grant.

The approved MTI proposal will provide training leading to national home energy raters and combine current building construction and HVAC programs with nationally recognized certifications. The program plans to serve 83 people.

The green jobs training grant will increase the opportunities for unemployed and dislocated workers to move into high-wage and high-growth occupations,” said Secretary Roberts.

South Dakota received $2.5 million for the State Energy Sector Partnerships and Training Grant authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. [5/12/10]

Courier Post (New Jersey) - Camden gets federal funds to assess contaminated sites [MEMBER MENTIONED: Rob Andrews (NJ-1)]

A city-owned site at 16th and Federal streets contaminated by heavy industry since the early 1900s is one of several properties to be assessed with the help of federal stimulus money.

Recently, Camden received $400,000 in stimulus money to assess the degree of contamination and estimate cleanup costs at about 10 sites. An additional $600,000 from federal funds has been allocated to the city for cleanup after the assessments are completed.

U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews, D-N.J., and Mayor Dana Redd called a press conference Tuesday to announce the grants. [5/12/10] (Louisiana) - EBR plans summer youth jobs [DISTRICT MENTIONED: R-Bill Cassidy (LA-6): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

Mayor-President Kip Holden on Wednesday announced plans for this year's summer youth employment program, which will use $1.7 million in federal stimulus money to employ 625 youths.

Holden said the eight-week program will provide eligible youths between the ages of 16 and 24 with a chance to gain valuable work experience and job skills.

…the youths will be assigned to clerical or other jobs for the city-parish and state governments or for small businesses and nonprofit groups. [5/13/10] - Schools to get stimulus money for education

Members of Arkansas' congressional delegation announced today that Arkansas public schools and colleges will receive nearly $120 million in federal stimulus money.

The state Department of Education and Department of Higher Education will distribute the $119.8 million to school districts, colleges and universities throughout the state, with $112.5 million of the grant designated for K-12 education.

Public schools will use the money to improve facilities, upgrade technology, fund after-school programs and support special education. Public colleges and universities will use their share of the money for campus facility improvements. [5/12/10]

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