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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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Biden: Taxpayers well-served by stimulus

WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden asserted in an interview today that taxpayers have “gotten their money’s worth” out of the $787 billion stimulus program that Congress passed during the depths of the recession. In an interview broadcast on CBS’s “The Early Show,” Biden defended the program against accusations by Republicans critics that it hasn’t been the job-manufacturing machine the ...

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White House defending stimulus spending

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama, defending his economic stimulus plan on its first anniversary, is dispatching his Cabinet across the country to try to calm an anxious public as Democrats head into potentially devastating midterm elections. A weeklong push to highlight the stimulus program’s first year was starting with a Tuesday trip by Vice President Joe Biden to hard-hit Saginaw, ...

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Road projects get stimulus money

ABERDEEN and AMORY — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has authorized the expenditure of federal stimulus dollars to fund roadway improvements in the cities of Amory and Aberdeen. During its January meeting, the Mississippi Transportation Commission approved the low bid of $291,418 submitted by Falcon Contracting Company Inc. to mill and overlay Waterway Drive from Highway 278 to 5th ...

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