Where Are the ‘Recovery Summer’ Stimulus Projects? (The New Republic)

Where Are the ‘Recovery Summer’ Stimulus Projects? (The New Republic)

Washington Post reported on a recent White House analysis of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. That assessment found “strikingly few claims of fraud or abuse,” according to the article. Well, good!

We’ve complained before that ARRA’s welcome emphasis on transparency tilts too much toward curbing this […]

October 8th, 2010|

Obama Offers a Transit Plan to Create Jobs (The New York Times)

Obama Offers a Transit Plan to Create Jobs (The New York Times)

MILWAUKEE — President Obama, looking to stimulate a sluggish economy and create jobs, called Monday for Congress to approve major upgrades to the nation’s roads, rail lines and runways — part of a six-year plan that would cost tens of billions of dollars and […]

September 7th, 2010|

NCDOT: Stimulus-funded construction payroll jumps 131% (Triangle Business Journal)

NCDOT: Stimulus-funded construction payroll jumps 131% (Triangle Business Journal)

Transportation payroll funded by federal stimulus funds more than doubled in March, according to data compiled by the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

A total of $3.7 million in federal stimulus money was paid out to 4,740 workers in March. Those workers clocked 215,914 hours.

The payroll jumped […]

May 10th, 2010|

Criteria Published for Second Round of TIGER Grants (AASHTO)

Criteria Published for Second Round of TIGER Grants (AASHTO)

Applicants for the Fiscal Year 2010 Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery grant program will need to show “long-term outcomes” and “job creation and economic stimulus” for any projects they are proposing, according to draft criteria released Monday by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Also to be […]

April 30th, 2010|

US Senate lawmakers unveil long-awaited jobs bill (Reuters)

US Senate lawmakers unveil long-awaited jobs bill (Reuters)
Thu, Feb 11 2010
* Rare bipartisan support, but scope limited

* Action delayed by snowstorm, partisanship

* Business tax breaks, construction funds (New throughout with Obama, Reid)

By Andy Sullivan and Thomas Ferraro

WASHINGTON, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Democratic U.S. senators unveiled a limited jobs-creation bill on Thursday that relies on business […]

February 12th, 2010|

Jobs Bill Likely to Be Delayed in Senate (Wall Street Journal)

Jobs Bill Likely to Be Delayed in Senate (Wall Street Journal)

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senate Republicans on Tuesday balked at Democratic efforts to push an economic stimulus measure through the chamber by the end of the week, making it likely that the Senate will wait at least until the week of Feb. 22 to vote on the roughly […]

February 11th, 2010|

$520M puts fast trains on fast track (News and Observer)

$520M puts fast trains on fast track (News and Observer)

North Carolina is expected to receive $520 million today as part of $8 billion in federal economic stimulus funds President Barack Obama will distribute in 31 states to start building a national high-speed rail network.

The president touted high-speed rail in Wednesday night’s State of the Union […]

January 28th, 2010|

Foxx: Obama focus is jobs (Charlotte Observer)

Foxx: Obama focus is jobs (Charlotte Observer)

After Tuesday’s vote in Massachusetts, the Obama administration appeared to step up its emphasis on getting Americans back to work, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx said this morning.

Foxx met with officials during the U.S. Conference of Mayors conference in Washington.

Voters in Massachusetts said concern over the economy and frustration […]

January 26th, 2010|

Legislation would return interest earned to Highway Trust Fund (Journal of Commerce)

Legislation would return interest earned to Highway Trust Fund (Journal of Commerce)

The House is expected to vote this afternoon on a trio of intertwined measures that will extend the Department of Transportation’s highway program at current budget levels, puts the Highway Trust Fund on a firmer financial footing, and allocates nearly $49 billion for infrastructure […]

December 17th, 2009|

Obama Focuses on Jobs, Infrastructure, Energy Rebates (Wall Street Journal)

Obama Focuses on Jobs, Infrastructure, Energy Rebates (Wall Street Journal)
‘Urgent Need’ to Boost Job Growth in Short-Term, President Says

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama proposed small business tax cuts, home retrofits and infrastructure investment as ways to accelerate job growth Tuesday, saying more programs are needed to boost the weak labor market and ensure the recovery […]

December 8th, 2009|