State releases new information on stimulus

Gov. Bill Ritter presented new American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 information Tuesday, including the number of jobs created in the state by the act — more than 10,000 — and the amount of stimulus funding that’s been spent in Colorado so far, $1.2 billion.

All of the new information is outlined in reports available at Colorado.gov/recovery. The reports include an interactive chart that shows how much money a county has received and what sector received the dollars.

Mesa County got $42.86 million in overall stimulus dollars. The transportation sector received the largest chunk of money in Mesa County — $18 million — for the transit district, airports and highways. Stabilization efforts got $8.24 million, with half of the money going to K-12 education and the other half going to higher education. Title I and IDEA schools also received $6.76 million.

Mesa County work force programs received $3.23 million for emergency unemployment compensation and additional federal unemployment compensation. Energy projects, including weatherization of homes, got $3.05 million. Federal programs, such as Section 8 housing, U.S. Fish and Wildlife and the National Park Service, received $1.38 million. Public safety (COPS and JAG programs) got $1.59 million and housing programs in the county got $257,546 in community service block grants.

Ritter said the stimulus act dollars arrived precisely at the right time for Coloradans.

“Millions of Coloradans are benefitting from tax cuts and enhanced safety net services. And scores of businesses have won contracts that allow them to stay afloat and hire new employees,” he said at a press conference Tuesday in Denver.

The announcement came on the same day Ritter announced four additional furlough days for state employees. State employees took unpaid vacation days Sept. 8 and Oct. 9. and already planned to take two more Nov. 27 and Dec. 31. The new batch of furlough days are Jan. 15, Feb. 12, April 2 and May 28.

The eight furlough days are expected to save about $27.2 million in the 2009-2010 fiscal year. The Colorado Legislative Council Staff predicted in September the state would run into a $560.7 million revenue shortfall for the July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010 budget.

The governor presented $320 million in proposed cuts this summer and plans to announce $270 million more in cuts to the Joint Budget Committee today.


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