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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

A report released yesterday by the Council of Economic Advisers found that the Recovery Act is now responsible for 2.2 to 2.8 million jobs through the first quarter of 2010 - half of which are as a result of the over $200 billion in Recovery Act tax relief and financial assistance that has gone directly to mostly middle and lower-income families. Additionally, the program is on-track to create and save 3.5 million jobs by the end of 2010.

 “From tax cuts to construction projects, the Recovery Act is firing on all cylinders when it comes to creating jobs and putting Americans back to work,” said Vice President Joe Biden. [4/14/10]

INDenver Times (Colorado) - CDOT: $7.5 million in federal stimulus funds go into US 160 project in San Luis Valley

The Colorado Department of Transportation has begun another resurfacing project in the San Luis Valley that will improve US 160 east of Del Norte. This project is made possible with $ 7.5 million in funding from the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA), as well an additional $482,000 in CDOT resurfacing funds.

“I'm glad that Recovery Act funding has helped provide needed resurfacing on this stretch of Highway 160 and sidewalk improvements and ADA upgrades in Del Norte,” Congressman John Salazar (CO-03) said. “I will continue to support projects like these; projects that improve our country's infrastructure while putting Americans to work.” [3/14/10]

Catonsville Times (Maryland) - CCBC gets federal grant for health care education

More than 2,000 allied health students at the Community College of Baltimore County will benefit from nearly $5 million in federal funding announced last week by an array of public and education officials who said the money was designed to alleviate the state's health care worker shortage.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski joined Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith at CCBC-Essex campus to publicize the $4.9 million grant for its School of Health Professions and congratulate the students, faculty and staff for their continued commitment to health education.

'We wanted to create jobs today and jobs tomorrow,' said Mikulski, in a newly renovated respiratory therapy care lab funded by a previous grant.

'The jobs that are going to be created as a result of this program, 1,000-plus, are going to be more and more in demand as more and more Americans and Marylanders have access to health care,' Brown said. [4/14/10]

Riverfront Times (Missouri) - St. Louis to Get 50 More Cops Thanks to Federal Stimulus

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department will grow by at least 50 new officers over the next three years.

Today the city was granted $8.6 million in federal stimulus dollars to fund the additional cops. The city currently has 1,290 police officers and could end up adding 65 more by the end of the summer with the use of the federal dollars and city matching funds. [4/14/10]

Montgomery Advertiser (Alabama) - Jobs coming to the Montgomery VA

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and its Montgomery VA regional benefits office have been authorized to hire 34 new employees to assist with processing veterans' claims for VA benefits.

The Montgomery VA regional office was authorized to hire 34 new employees to assist with processing Veterans' claims for VA benefits. The new jobs came from federal dollars allocated under the Recovery Act, enacted by Congress in February 2009.

The jobs created under the Recovery Act are a real boost to Alabama's economy,” VA Regional Office Director Ricardo Randle said in a release. “These new employees are a great resource to our office, and the assistance they provide allows us to better serve Alabama's veterans and their dependents.” [4/14/10]

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