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State adds to STEPS program

JACKSON — The Mississippi STEPS program will expand this summer to subsidize youth jobs and aid entrepreneurs opening their own businesses, Governor Haley Barbour announced yesterday. This summer, two spin-off programs, Summer STEPS and STEPS New Start, will maximize the $43 million the state received for jobs through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The original jobs initiative, the Mississippi ...

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Stimulus funding for job training released

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of up to $90 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding to create on-the-job training experiences. The money will be awarded to states that will work with state and local workforce investment boards, community-based organizations and employers in helping displaced workers acquire job skills and experiences that will improve ...

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MDES reauthorization bill misses deadline

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) was in jeopardy after a bill reauthorizing the agency died under a deadline yesterday amid a fight to force Gov. Haley Barbour to accept $56 million in stimulus funding. House Labor Committee Chairman Rufus Straughter, D-Belzoni, didn’t bring the bill out for a vote in time to meet a legislative deadline ...

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Road builders issue stimulus report

There are currently 68 American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA)-financed highway construction projects underway or completed in Mississippi involving $281.5 million in funds, according to data released by Washington, D.C.-based American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). The projects underway or completed have supported or are supporting 7,831 jobs in Mississippi that would otherwise not exist, says ARTBA vice president ...

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Telecom awarded federal broadband money

BAY SPRINGS — On March 4, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the selection of 22 broadband infrastructure projects to give rural residents in 18 states or territories access to improved economic and educational opportunities. Funding for the projects is being provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. In all, more than $254.6 million will be invested in 22 projects. ...

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All states meet Recovery deadline

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — At a Recovery Act construction site outside Orlando, Fla., March 1, Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that every state and the District of Columbia met the March 2 Recovery Act deadline to “obligate” – or commit to specific projects – 100 percent of their highway Recovery funds. According to figures from ...

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CBO: Stimulus produced up to 2.1M jobs

WASHINGTON — A new report by congressional economists says the economic stimulus law produced jobs for 1 million to 2.1 million people by the end of last year. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office study says the $862 billion stimulus added between 1.5 to 3.5 percentage points to the growth of the economy. The controversial stimulus law combined tax breaks for ...

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Norfolk Southern gets $105M in ARRA funds

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Norfolk Southern’s Crescent Corridor Intermodal Freight Program of Projects has been awarded $105 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Program. In Sept. 2009, lead state Pennsylvania, joined by Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Virginia, submitted an application to USDOT for a ...

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MDOT 'grateful' for Recovery Act

JACKSON — Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) officials say they are grateful for the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA). The first year of this funding program has had an enormous impact on Mississippi and the nation as a whole in providing jobs and in allowing critical transportation projects and improvements to move forward, according to MDOT. Larry L. “Butch” ...

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Stimulus funding railroad improvements

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — According to Gov. Haley Barbour, Mississippi has received a $20-million federal grant that will help fund railroad improvements from the Port of Gulfport to Hattiesburg, a major step for the Mississippi economy. “I personally thank Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and the Obama Administration for giving favorable consideration to and recognizing the importance of the Gulf ports, such ...

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