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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. 

Brooklyn Daily Eagle (New York) - McMahon Announces $308 Million in Federal Aid for Low-Achieving Schools [MEMBER MENTIONED: Michael McMahon (NY-13)]

Rep. Michael E. McMahon (D-Bay Ridge/Staten Island) recently announced that Staten Island and Brooklyn schools would be getting a much-needed helping hand from the federal government. Some $308,772,808 from the Department of Education's School Improvement Grant (SIG) program will go to persistently low-achieving schools throughout the state.

The SIG funds have been made available thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) and money set aside from the Fiscal Year 2009 Budget.

“Improving educational opportunities and increasing graduation rates are paramount to both this nation's success in the future and the enrichment of our students in Staten Island and Brooklyn,” said Rep. McMahon. [5/7/10]

WHYY PBS-12 (Pennsylvania) - Philadelphia to get 5,000 jobs from stimulus [DISTRICTS MENTIONED: Robert Brady (PA-1) and Chaka Fattah (PA-2)]

A federally-funded program could mean free workers for companies in the Philadelphia region and jobs for the unemployed.

The Way to Work Program is trying to get five thousand people in the Philadelphia area working with both public and private sector employers. John Dodds is director of the Philadelphia Unemployment Project. He says both workers and employers are being sought with jobs available within the next few weeks. [5/9/10]

Bradenton Herald (Florida) - 'Back to Work': Manatee gets 53 new jobs [DISTRICTS MENTIONED: Kathy Castor (FL-11) and R-Vern Buchanan (FL-13): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

…the Back to Work program -- designed to create jobs for the unemployed -- has received a total of nearly $200 million and created 13,145 jobs statewide.

The Suncoast Workforce Board, which provides programs for Manatee County, is working with 12 employers to fund 53 positions, from entry to mid-level with $905,000. [5/8/10]

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (West Virginia) - Job creation: Stimulus dollars working in McDowell [DISTRICT MENTIONED: Nick Rahall (WV-3)]

…federal stimulus dollars do appear to be accomplishing their intended purpose in rural McDowell County.

The federal stimulus influx has allowed the Council of Southern Mountains to create 12 new jobs and retain 18 additional jobs, according to agency Executive Director Randal Johnson. But perhaps of equal importance is the fact that the federal revenue has allowed the agency to more than double the number of homes that will be served through its weatherization assistance program this year. [5/9/10]

Crain's Detroit Business (Michigan) - Stimulus funds drive 32,710 jobs for transit

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has created or sustained 32,710 transportation project jobs in Michigan, the state's transportation agency said.

Another 1,521 jobs have been created or sustained because of ARRA transit grants, according to Michigan Department of Transportation statistics.

More than $1.15 billion in stimulus funds have been awarded to Michigan transportation projects. [5/9/10]

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