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Tax Breaks in the Recovery Act

The Obama White House is also promoting its non-health care agenda today, with Vice President Joe Biden talking about tax breaks contained in the Recovery Act. 'It's money back into the economy, helping it grow,' Biden said in brief remarks.

The White House has created a 'Tax Saving Tool', on its website designed to help middle class taxpayers who might not know about the tax savings that are now available.

'We want to make it easier for them,' Biden said. 'We want to give them more breaks.' Biden -- who appeared with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman -- noted that tax refunds are up this year because of the new breaks.

'The average tax refund has reached $3,036 this year, a $266 increase from a year ago,' Shulman said.  [USA Today, 3/22/10]

Transportation Secretary LaHood Awards $11.8 Million in Training Grants

Yesterday, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced $11.8 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) job training grants for 19 states, Guam and Puerto Rico.

The grants, from the Federal Highway Administration's “On the Job Training/Supportive Services” (OJT/SS) program, fund apprenticeships and training centers for underrepresented or disadvantaged people pursuing careers in transportation, engineering or construction.

“Creating good jobs is what the Recovery Act is about, and these grants help people to get them and do them well,” said Secretary LaHood. “We can never have enough well-trained people to help take care of our highway system, and these grants support those who help us keep America moving.” [3/22/10]

Baltimore Business Journal (Maryland) - Maryland wins $240,000 stimulus grant for construction job training

The Maryland State Highway Administration landed $240,000 in stimulus grants for minority job training in the highway construction industry, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Monday.

Part of an $11.8 million grant program nationwide for transportation, construction and engineering job training, the new Maryland stimulus funds will help pay for apprenticeships and training for women and other minorities under-represented in highway construction fields. [3/22/10]

Charleston Gazette (West Virginia) - State job-training programs to get funds

Two job-training programs for women and minorities in West Virginia will receive federal stimulus money.

U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller said Monday the West Virginia Step-Up for Women program will receive $292,000. The program provides training at sites in Martinsburg, Morgantown and Charleston for entry-level positions in the construction industry and registered apprenticeships.

Rockefeller also says the West Virginia State Community and Technical College in Institute will receive more than $198,000. [3/23/10]

Idaho Statesman - Idaho receives federal stimulus money for transportation-related job training

Idaho is one of 19 states to receive job-training grants from the Federal Highway Administration.

Idaho received a total of $154,748 including $99,300 for its Wounded Warrior program to help wounded active-duty military personnel keep job skills sharp or develop new ones while they recuperate.

The Idaho Technology Transfer Center received $55,448 to provide training and technical assistance to local highway districts. [3/22/10]

Triangle Business Journal (North Carolina) - Triangle concerns enjoy windfall from NIH stimulus funds

Triangle research organizations during the past year have received more than $168 million in stimulus funds through the National Institutes of Health, and millions more could be on the way.

According to NIH records, 594 grants have come to North Carolina, the sixth most in the nation, and more than 460 of those grants came to the Triangle.

So far, the dollars are having a profound effect on area universities, filling holes created by state and federal funding cuts and allowing the universities to hire or keep positions that might otherwise have been lost.

Tony Waldrop, UNC's vice chancellor for research and economic development, says the stimulus dollars have created or saved more than 300 jobs on campus. [3/21/10]

The Record (New Jersey) - Lipman: Stimulus a boon to programs for needy

For 30 non-profits across North Jersey, the stimulus bill passed by Congress last year has been a $23 million bonanza that has allowed them to hire dozens of full-time employees and serve thousands of additional clients.

Area non-profits have used federal Recovery Act funds to create jobs ranging from health clinic doctors to laborers installing insulation and making other energy-saving repairs to homes of low-income residents.

'This is having a large impact on people who are really vulnerable now,' said Robert F. Halsch Jr., executive director of the Bergen County Community Action Partnership in Hackensack. [3/22/10]

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