Gov. M. Jodi Rell has sent a letter to President Obama to officially certify Connecticut’s acceptance of stimulus funds. Her letter to the Executive Office of the President attests that all money “will be used to create jobs and promote economic growth in a manner that is in the best interests of the taxpayers of the State of Connecticut.”
The immediate effect of the stimulus funds will be felt as soon as today [March 2] when thousands who are dependent on unemployment compensation will see a $25 bump in their weekly checks.
The stimulus funds also will have a broader effect because it injects an additional $2.5 million to $3 million a week into Connecticut’s economy.
Gov. Rell has formed a broad-based working group of municipal officials, business leaders, legislators and state agency chiefs to determine the final, prioritized list of “shovel-ready” projects to be funded through the federal stimulus package. The group met for the first time on Feb. 26.
In a prepared statement, Gov. Rell said today, “The task before us now is to get people back to work, get our economy moving again and position us for success when the national business climate improves.”
Last week, Gov. Rell announced nearly $7.5 million in federal stimulus funds have been awarded to three Connecticut cities and a major hospital for lead abatement work:
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Hartford, $875,000
City of New London, $2 million
City of Norwich, $1.69 million
City of Waterbury, $3 million
Posted March 2, 2009