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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan

Nashville Business Journal - Bredesen proposes $62M in stimulus for solar energy

Gov. Phil Bredesen has proposed the state use $62.5 million in federal stimulus funds to create a solar energy and economic development program called the Volunteer State Solar Initiative… [5/14/09]

Madison Messenger (Virginia) - More families will qualify for weatherization fund

…Ninety-four million bucks can buy a lot of weatherization. So much, in fact, that Gov. Timothy M. Kaine said yesterday that the ceiling for households to qualify for assistance has been raised dramatically -- from a little less than $32,000 in annual income for a family of four, to roughly $59,000.

“A lot more families are going to be able to participate,“ said Kaine, who advocated for fair housing in Richmond as a lawyer before becoming involved in politics… [5/14/09]

WQAD/Associated Press (Iowa) - $339M already approved for Iowa transportation projects, work slated to begin this year

Navigating Iowa's byways this summer promises to be an adventure as the state launches an unprecedented effort to upgrade its infrastructure.

State transportation officials have already approved more than $339 million in transportation upgrade projects, the overwhelming bulk financed by federal stimulus funds.

Virtually no section of the state will go untouched with projects including bridge renovations, upgrades to airports, improvements to city streets, county roads and state highways, and upgrades to Amtrak stations in Iowa. [5/14/09]

KTHV Channel 11 (Arkansas) - Update: Stimulus Money Going to Community Block Grants

Stimulus money from Washington D.C. will be awarded to the state to help empower children and lower income families in Arkansas through community grants.

The state is getting more than $13 million for something called community services block grants. Those are grants that end up helping people get job training, air conditioners for their homes; the money can also end up helping children… [5/14/09]

Flathead Beacon/Associated Press (Montana) - Forest Thinning Jobs Keep Loggers Working

Forest thinning projects aimed at reducing wildfire risk are keeping loggers and log haulers at work during the housing slump…

U.S. Forest Service documents say the Kootenai National Forest is slated to get $2.47 million, while Sanders County is to receive $1.06 million. The stimulus money includes $987,000 for Lake County, $808,000 for Lincoln County and $506,000 for Flathead County.

'That kind of money is going to make a big difference,' Hirst said… [5/14/09]

New Richmond News (Wisconsin) - Lawmakers extend unemployment benefits to get stimulus cash

An estimated 3,000 Wisconsinites a year will become eligible for unemployment benefits under changes approved by the Legislature Wednesday.

The Senate voted 25-8, and the Assembly voted 87-11, to expand the eligibility for benefits so the state can receive $89 million in federal stimulus funds… [5/14/09]