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United Press International (UPI) - Obama touts tax cuts in stimulus package

In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama said the tax breaks in the $787 billion stimulus package passed by Congress last year would be available to more than 100 million Americans.

He said the average tax refund is up nearly 10 percent this year, to about $3,000, largely because of the stimulus measure.

'No one I've met is looking for a handout, and that's not what these tax cuts are,' Obama said. 'Instead, they're targeted relief to help middle-class families weather the storm, to jumpstart our economy and to bring the fundamentals of the American Dream -- making an honest living, earning an education, owning a home, and raising a family -- back within reach for millions of Americans.'

He said the stimulus had already provided $160 billion in tax relief for families and businesses. [4/10/10]

The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) - Stimulus aid to help OSU teach about 'smart grid'

Ohio State University is getting nearly $2.5 million in federal stimulus money that the school is to use for developing an electric 'smart grid' curriculum and training programs.

The award is part of $99.3million in stimulus grants announced last week by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy, D-Columbus, said some of the OSU money also is going to Duke Energy. The school and the utility will 'train future generations and workers who seek new alternatives in their career paths. These job-training programs will allow central Ohio businesses and families to remain competitive locally, nationally and globally.' [4/11/10] (New York) - Transportation Secretary LaHood, Rep. Slaughter, tout high speed rail to New York

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-28) was joined by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood at the Rochester Amtrak Station, where he reaffirmed the Obama Administration's commitment to a well developed high speed rail system that serves Upstate New York.

High speed rail can create thousands of construction, manufacturing, operations, and maintenance jobs,” said Secretary LaHood. “It can also reduce greenhouse gas pollution, lower transportation costs, and give families another choice about how to get from here to there.”

“High speed rail will revolutionize New York and our nation's transportation system, create jobs while we build it, and help our local businesses stay competitive in a global economy,” [Congresswoman Slaughter.]

In January, New York received $151 million from the stimulus package, more than 41 other states. These federal funds will be used to begin work on a third track dedicated to passenger rail making stops in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica and Albany. [4/12/10] (Virginia) - Perriello showing off the stimulus bill

Rep. Tom Perriello, D-5th District, spent Friday touting the tangible effects of the federal stimulus package in Southside -- including a $5.55 million loan from First State Bank backed by the United States Department of Agriculture to expand a conference center complex in Danville.

When complete, the project will be called Highlander Courtyard and will include an extended-stay motel, a restaurant and the two existing conference centers. The project is estimated to create 25 jobs and save 13, with the loan guarantee made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. [4/9/10]

Marin Independent Journal (California) - Federal stimulus program helps Marin's jobless

The program, called Marin Works Now, is designed to help people who need a boost: low-income and unemployed residents, as well as business owners who need more help but haven't been able to make hires during the recession.

So far, 460 local people have found temporary work through the program, which started in Marin in December.

One primary goal is to place people in temporary positions over the next six months with the hope that the jobs could become permanent and provide help for businesses.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has provisions that allow counties to receive funding to cover 80 percent of the cost of subsidized wages for low-income families through Sept. 30. [4/11/10]

The Post Standard (New York) - Syracuse University gets $2.5M in stimulus money to educate utility workers in smart grid technology

Syracuse University this week received a federal stimulus grant of $2.5 million to develop “smart grid” college programs for utility workers and engineers, and National Grid received nearly $2.2 million to train its own employees in smart grid technology.

The grants were part of $100 million in funds awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy for 54 training projects around the country to educate new and existing workers for the next generation of utility networks.

Syracuse University will work with a consortium of colleges in Central and Western New York to establish courses on cyber-security, power system load analysis, monitoring diagnostics and other subjects related to smart-grid engineering and policy…

National Grid's grant will be used for in-house training of up to 4,900 of its employees -- 2,200 workers in New York state and the rest in Massachusetts, said Courtney Quatrino, speaking for the utility. [4/9/10]

Daily News Tribune (Massachusetts) - Local projects to get solar stimulus funds

The state announced that 56 projects, including some in Framingham, Franklin, Westborough and Waltham, have received a total of $4 million in federal stimulus money to help install 4 megawatts (MW) of solar power at sites throughout the commonwealth.

'Commonwealth Solar has been the catalyst for significant growth in the Massachusetts solar power industry over the last two years,' Gov. Deval Patrick said in a press release. 'With this next generation of rebates, we are putting clean solar power within the reach of more schools, farms, and other small businesses across the state.' [4/12/10]

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