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Monday, March 9, 2009

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funds, Race and Stimulus Rejectionists

UPDATE: When President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law on February 17, 2009, it marked the beginning of a 45-day window for each state to claim the funds allocated to it by the act.

In order to receive funds from the ARRA, governors have 45 days to certify that they will first of all "request and use" funds from the ARRA and second of all use them to create jobs and promote economic growth. If a governor does not accept funds allocated to his or her state before that window expires, the state's legislature then has the option of certifying those two conditions itself. This was placed into the legislation due to stimulus rejectionists.

Check out the list HERE to see which states have accepted funds and examine the certifications they have submitted. This list will expand as more states issue their responses, so check back often.

I wonder how many states are requiring Affirmative Action for hiring, recruiting and contracting. What agencies of the Federal government are making sure that contracts go to minority business interest? With unemployment numbers far worse for black folk someone needs to be concerned about jobs and black folks. Yes, as Robert Turner noted in his recent article from prison, there are bigger problems for black folks than an insensitive and cartoon. Let's hope the NAACP and other such groups are keeping their eyes on the economic ball. If we don't who will.

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