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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Today, President Obama and Vice President Biden will visit Florida to announce more than $8 billion in stimulus funding for high-speed rail projects across the country.  Overall, 31 states will receive funding.

'It's very critical for the stimulus program, for job creation, for congestion reduction in our major metropolitan areas,' said [James] Oberstar, D-Minnesota. [1/28/10]

“This crucial federal investment will spur new job creation, increase public transportation options, reduce road congestion, lower our dependence on foreign oil, and protect our planet,” said Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California. [1/28/10]

The Detroit News (Michigan) - President makes mark on Michigan

The state also has seen an infusion of stimulus money for highway and bridge work and sewer upgrades, as well as money earmarked for Great Lakes cleanup and pollution control.

The state has been allocated about $11 billion of the expected $18 billion it will get from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

This funding for public works projects has created or saved 22,514 direct jobs in Michigan, according to the administration. Plus, the state was able to balance its budget with millions in stimulus money for its general and school aid funds, avoiding deeper cuts to services and avoiding layoffs.

Beth Bingham, director of the Michigan office that oversees stimulus dollars, said the state will start seeing many more jobs created by the stimulus act. Road and similar construction jobs tied to the funding will start up in the spring. And a large wave of grants has been coming out that will result in more hiring by area businesses. [1/27/10]

WFXL FOX-31 (Georgia) - Stimulus money pays for 20,000-plus GA jobs

A new state report shows that Georgia has used federal stimulus money to pay for more than 20,000 jobs over the last three months.

Since February, Georgia has been awarded $3.5 billion in non-Medicaid stimulus dollars. And it has spent about $1.5 billion of that.  Most of the jobs funded by the stimulus cash were in education, where the federal aid paid for 4,629 jobs.

The totals were in a quarterly state report filed with federal officials. [1/28/10]

WSCH NBC-6 (Maine) - Pingree: $35 million on tap for Downeaster expansion

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree says $35 million will be invested in Maine to extend the Amtrak Downeaster passenger rail service from Portland to Brunswick. The funding is part of $8 billion in federal stimulus money earmarked for high-speed rail. Those funds are administered by the Department of Transportation.

Pingree says, '[The project] is a significant economic boost to Maine. It will put over 200 people to work improving the rail line and bring economic development to downtown train stations in communities like Freeport and Brunswick.' [1/28/10]

WLUK FOX-11 (Wisconsin) - Stimulus money to area Head Start

There are 23 more children in the Head Start program in the Fox Valley area this school year.

The pre-kindergarten program is for four-year olds whose family show financial need. It received $220,237 in federal stimulus money, not only to accommodate more students but also create five new jobs for teachers and support staff.

Rep. Steve Kagen, D., 8th Congressional District, says this is a prime example of stimulus dollars at work in Wisconsin.

'By generating higher wage jobs as in education, we're going to be able to get through this economic recession,' said Kagen. [1/26/10]

Central Valley Business Times (California) - Central Valley gets more than $240 Million for low-income housing

More than a quarter of the final distribution of federal stimulus money to build affordable housing projects for low-income families in the state is going to projects in the Central Valley.

The allocations of the total of more than $800 million statewide were announced by California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer. The Central Valley projects add up to over $241 million.

“These funds have played a vital part in helping to revitalize California's economy,” says Mr. Lockyer. “The program has rejuvenated many stalled projects and helped others get off the ground. In doing so, we've created needed affordable housing for working Californians and their families, and helped to put people back to work.”

The stimulus funds will help build more than 9,600 housing units and create more than 24,000 jobs in 34 counties across the state, Mr. Lockyer says. [1/28/10]

Knoxville News Sentinel (Tennessee) - Stimulus funds aid hiring in Oak Ridge

A huge influx of federal stimulus money has created hundreds of jobs, sped up various Department of Energy projects and enabled the Atomic City to weather the economic storm in good stead, officials said Tuesday.

DOE received almost $2 billion in that stimulus money, and $1.2 billion of it will stay in Oak Ridge, said Gerald Boyd, head of the department's Oak Ridge office.

That's translated into 1,500 new jobs added at DOE's Oak Ridge facilities in the last few months, Boyd said. [1/26/10]

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