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MDES gets more stimulus-supported funding

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) has received an additional $1.6-million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. This National Emergency Grant will support an on-the-job training program that assists Mississippi employers and workers. The grant will also provide job counseling and other services to the unemployed. The funds will provide an additional 300 job-training opportunities under ...

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MDOT lets stimulus-funded road project

HATTIESBURG — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) authorized the expenditure of federal stimulus dollars to fund widening roads, repairs and overlaying in the City of Hattiesburg. The Mississippi Transportation Commission approved the low bid of $503,493 submitted by Dunn Roadbuilders, LLC, to mill, widen, and overlay West Pine Street from Broadway Drive to U.S. 49 South. The contractor was ...

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Education Department pursuing stimulus funding

JACKSON — As a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), the federal government has created Race To The Top (RTTT), a program that will allow eligible states to compete for $4.35 billion in competitive grants to help lead education reform and innovation in classrooms. The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) has officially submitted its RTTT ...

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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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What have we gotten for our stimulus dollars?

It has been over a year since the debut of the Obama administration’s $787-billion stimulus program. More than $36 billion in stimulus money has been spent so far on highways, bridges and transit systems. So what have Americans gotten for their money? Not enough, according to contractors and representatives in the construction industry.  Though the money has kept projects going ...

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Small business owners still pessimistic

WASHINGTON — Small businesses in the U.S. are still waiting for the economic rebound that’s enabled larger companies to obtain low-interest credit and to boost exports and production in recent months. Smaller companies aren’t much more optimistic than they were in the depths of the recession, according to a survey released yesterday by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). ...

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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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SBA loan extension becomes law

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has signed legislation extending through April the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) ability to provide enhancements in its two largest small business loan programs. The enhancements, first made available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, include a higher guarantee on some SBA-backed loans and fee relief. The SBA estimates the $40 million extension will ...

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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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A look at MDOT's stimulus allocations

The federal government allocated more than $26 billion through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) for improvements to the nation’s transportation infrastructure. Mississippi’s share was $354.5 million, of which $338.5 has already been obligated to 162 projects, according to a February report from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). California and Texas are ...

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