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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Portland Business Journal (Oregon) - $1.5M in stimulus funds pay for 5,800 jobs

Gov. Ted Kulongoski announced Tuesday that $150 million from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) funded about 5,800 jobs in Oregon in the past three months.

In addition to the jobs, the $150 million also funded investments in equipment and materials.

This report demonstrates that the recovery act continues to help support jobs across the state for thousands of Oregonians during this difficult economic period,” Kulongoski said in a statement in the third quarterly report. “From job creation and retention to direct assistance for families struggling to make ends meet, the recovery act continues to help Oregon as we begin to emerge from this latest recession.”

They included more than 4,000 educators in Oregon's K-12 school system and the state's seven public universities, and 736 workers at state correctional facilities. [4/20/10]

Detroit News (Michigan) - Stimulus funds patch up Michigan roads, schools

Schools, energy and transportation programs have received the largest portions of the $6.3 billion in stimulus money that has come to Michigan.

About a third of the $787 billion cost of the stimulus was targeted toward tax cuts and credits, including ones for most lower- and middle-class workers, first-time homeowners, college tuition payers and those who upgrade homes to be more energy efficient. More than $806 million was sent for road and other transportation improvements.

According to state calculations, nearly 10,000 teacher and other school professional layoffs were averted because of stimulus funding. Earlier this year, Gov. Jennifer Granholm said the federal stimulus measure had created or saved about 42,000 jobs. [4/21/10]

WBIR NBC-10 (Tennessee) - 150 jobs available through stimulus in Scott County

Relief is on its way to many unemployed residents of Scott County. Tuesday marked the start of a two-day job fair, aimed at putting more than 100 people back to work.

'We have over 30 Scott County employers hoping to employ anywhere from one to ten people through the jobs creation package,' said Scott County Mayor Rick Keeton.

150 positions are available. They are part of the federal stimulus package and are funded through September. Fifty are with the department of transportation. Others are in the public sector as well, including positions with Scott County Schools.

The majority of jobs though are from the private sector. Employers looking to hire include Saint Mary's Hospital and the Boys and Girls Club. [4/20/10]

Yakima Herald-Republic (Washington) - Union Gap interchange drives 140 jobs

More than 140 jobs will be created through the Valley Mall Boulevard Interchange project, which begins today in Union Gap, state officials say.

Through the $34.3 million project, the interchange will be reconfigured to include three roundabouts -- proving better and more direct access to and from Interstate 82 and North Rudkin Road, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The Valley Mall Boulevard Interchange Project -- financed through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money -- is the largest federally funded project in Yakima County to date. [4/19/10]

The Daily Orange (New York) - Stimulus bill grants create more than 50 jobs at SU

Grants from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 have created more than 55 jobs at Syracuse University so far, according to the U.S. government's official Recovery Act website.

The money was granted to SU to create research jobs and Work-Study, all which went into effect this academic year. SU received $10 million of the $787 billion granted across the nation. [4/21/10]

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