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Maine Unifies Energy, Jobs Programs of Stimulus

Editor's Note: As states struggle to coordinate the Recovery Act's many disconnected funding "silos" for energy efficiency, renewable energy, green jobs, and workforce development, Maine has enacted a solution: the Efficiency Maine Trust. The EMT will coordinate and/or consolidate Maine's Recovery Act funding streams -- $100 million over the two years -- to help ensure that the state captures permanent improvements in skills, wages, contractors, and efficiency.More...

CoPIRG: Colorado is Ready for High-Speed Rail

Posted for Danny Katz  (CoPIRG)

On June 17th the Obama administration will release criteria for awarding the $8 billion provided by the Recovery Act for the construction of high-speed rail lines throughout the country.More...

WISPIRG’s High-Speed Rail Tour 2009

posted for Bruce Speight of WISPIRG

While many students head home, start their summer jobs, or begin long vacations, WISPIRG students spent their first full week of summer vacation travelling across the state to build support for high-speed rail in Wisconsin. We are happy to report it was a huge success! More than thirty students participated in the trip doing ten events from Green Bay to Milwaukee to Madison to La Crosse. Over the course of the week we had nearly 20 media outlets attend and met with 15 federal, state and local leaders at events in Green Bay, Appleton, Oshkosh, Milwaukee, Brookfield, Oconomowoc, Madison, Portage, Wisconsin Dells, and La Crosse. In order for the project to get built, it needs to be a priority for elected officials and the public. The students' trip created needed momentum for the project.More...

Southern Activists Meet on Recovery Act Accountability

May 1, 2009 -- Activists from across the southeastern U.S. gathered in Atlanta this week to hear from national experts on the Recovery Act and to discuss plans for promoting a stimulus accountability agenda in their individual states. The regional conference was the first public event sponsored by States for a Transparent and Accountable Recovery.

Participants came from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.More...

Recovery Act Reporting System Begins to Take Shape

The wide range of state and local groups mobilizing to make sure the Recovery Act addresses vital social needs all have one thing in common: they can't organize effectively without detailed online information on how the money is being spent. Thus a lot is riding on President Obama's pledge to make the recovery program fully transparent and accountable.More...

NY Stimulus Oversight Group Presses for Accountability

(Posted by Chris Keeley of Common Cause)

April 10, 2009--The New York State Stimulus Oversight Working Group has been pressing for a high level of transparency and accountability in a state that will have one of the largest pots of Recovery Act money to spend. Members of the Working Group, led by Common Cause/New York, recently met with top aides of Gov. David Paterson and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, finding there is interest from policymakers to pursue maximum openness, fairness and effectiveness in the spending of the money.More...

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