Spring weather marks new phase for many federal stimulus projects

    Just a year into the federal stimulus program, residents in the Philadelphia and other Pennsylvania communities will begin seeing more visible results of the spending.
    Pennsylvania had to submit 376 reports to the state on April 10th to account for spending of recovery money. Barry Ciccocioppo is a spokesman for Governor Ed Rendell. He says most planning is complete and work will be very visible now that the snow is gone.

    Just a year into the federal stimulus program, residents in the Philadelphia and other Pennsylvania communities will begin seeing more visible results of the spending.

    Pennsylvania had to submit 376 reports to the state on April 10th to account for spending of recovery money. Barry Ciccocioppo is a spokesman for Governor Ed Rendell.  He says most planning is complete and work will be very visible now that the snow is gone.

    Ciccociopppo: it may create some frustration on the roads as you see people getting back to work on the road construction projects but its for a long-term benefit and that’s really what the focus of the recovery act is stimulating the economy on the short term, but providing long term assets.

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    In Philadelphia more than $1.5 million people have directly benefited from the recovery money, including health insurance for the unemployed and low income residents and a $400 tax credit for those making under $75,000 a year.

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