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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

  • Congressional Republicans support Wall Street banks, credit card companies, Big Oil, and insurance companies - the special interests that benefited from George Bush's policies and created the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. A decade of Republican rule nearly doubled our national debt.  Why would we go back? 
  • Democrats in Congress are fighting to help small businesses create jobs here at home.  Democrats are taking America in a New Direction - creating good American jobs, providing the lowest taxes in 60 years for the middle class and small businesses, and closing tax loopholes that send jobs overseas.

The Obama Administration has launched “Recovery Summer” - which will highlight groundbreakings and events across the country that are funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Recovery Act has already given tax cuts to 98 percent of Americans, funded tens of thousands of projects and put about 2.5 million Americans to work, but summer 2010 is poised to be the most active Recovery Act season to date, with tens of thousands of projects underway across the country that will help to create jobs for American workers and economic growth for businesses. [White House, 6/17/10]

Tribuna Newspaper (Connecticut) - Early Head-Start launches children ahead [MEMBER MENTIONED: Chris Murphy (CT-5)]

Children who receive early childhood education (between the ages of 0-3) are 30% more likely to get into a good college,” said Congressman Chris Murphy, addressing a small crowd gathered at Mill Ridge Elementary School for the official grand opening of the Early Head-Start program on Monday. “People can't go back to work without childcare... This is an excellent example of the stimulus bill working for parents and communities.”

The Early Head-Start program (EHS) will service 62 families with fulltime daycare…

Early Head-Start at Mill-Ridge Elementary has a full spectrum of healthcare and childcare professionals at its disposal, including a nutritionist, a mental health advisor, a family advocate and a disabilities manager. The program also boasts an 8-1 student to-teacher ratio, ensuring a level of individual attention that is almost impossible to find in most educational facilities, let alone those that specialize in early childhood development. [6/23/10]

The Joplin Globe (Missouri) - Youth Corps provides 1,300 jobs for parks, historic sites in Missouri

Across Missouri, 1,300 young people, ages 17 to 24, have been put to work at Missouri's state parks and historic sites as part of the State Park Youth Corps, according to Judd Slivka, spokesman for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, which manages the state parks.

The program, which pays minimum wage for 240 hours -- about six weeks of work -- is funded by $2.1 million in federal stimulus money and $400,000 in state money, said John Fougere, spokesman for the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

Like the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s, the program's purpose is twofold: to improve parks while providing jobs. [6/23/10]

Public News Service (Florida) - Stimulus Money Creating Summer Jobs for Low-Income FL Students

Summer jobs have been scarce for students. In Florida, however, federal stimulus funds are enabling some low-income students to work this summer - in real jobs with real paychecks, learning real-life lessons.

With estimates of Miami area unemployment as high as 24 percent, Julie Edwards, executive director of the Miami Dade Community Action Agency, says her group is placing more than 400 students in county agencies through a paid internship program, thanks to an additional $5 million in stimulus money.

'We see lots of families who obviously need the level of assistance to help them up and out of a situation that they've probably never experienced. So, we're hoping that this experience for our young people will also help the entire family on the road to self-sufficiency,” [said Edwards]. [6/23/10]

Fresno Business Journal (California) - Fresno, Selma to get new low-income apartments [DISTRICTS MENTIONED: Dennis Cardoza (CA-18), Jim Costa (CA-20), R-George Radanovich (CA-19): Voted NO on Recovery Act, and R-Devin Nunes (CA-21): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

Federal stimulus and tax credits along with state and local funding are working together to raise two low-income family communities in Fresno and in Selma.

The projects are among eight being built in the state by AMCAL Multi-Housing, Inc. through $112 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), a State of California Proposition 1C Infill Infrastructure Grant and city redevelopment agencies.

According to the National Association of Home Builders, the eight projects will lead to the creation of 155 permanent new jobs and over 389 full-time construction jobs while bringing in much needed revenue from fees and permits to the cities. [6/23/10]

Beloit Daily News (Wisconsin) - E-Hub helps lead to jobs

Ramsey is one of 31 students in Rock County who completed the six-week Entrepreneur Hub (E-Hub) program, a collaborative effort between Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board (SWWDB), the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Small Business Development Center and E-Hub.

E-Hub is a proven, successful model resulting in more than 500 business start-ups and reboots, and thousands of part-time and full-time jobs since 1998.

Of the 31 total graduates, 18 were funded by Workforce Investment Act funding. SWWDB funded E-Hub using money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. [6/23/10]

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