Tag: stimulus

Virginia Tech scientists developing two-minute test for autism spectrum disorder

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists have developed a brain-imaging technique that may be able to identify children with autism spectrum disorder in just two minutes.

Bob Goodlatte was better from the back bench

Republican Bob Goodlatte, mocked by the left in Virginia for his promise in his first congressional campaign in 1992 to limit himself to six terms, which he will double with his inevitable victory this November, is showing us why it’s best to cycle through our elected representatives every so often.

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Randy Forbes: Trading potholes for progress

As the snow thaws to warmer months, new potholes and signs of road deterioration are certain to appear on our daily commutes. Although this is the reality of a harsh winter, it also serves as a reminder of how quickly our transportation and infrastructure can wither.

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Randy Forbes: Betting the farm

We do our nation no good when we attempt these broad comprehensive plans at the federal level. Why? Because we bet the farm. Even if reforms are necessary, going all-in when the stakes are high is incredibly risky.

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Congressman Robert Hurt questions Federal Reserve Chair Yellen on monetary policy

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Va.) released the following statement after the Committee on Financial Services held a hearing on Tuesday entitled, “Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy.”

AFPBusiness.com: Grab your tool belt

Story by Chris Graham AFPBusiness.com    The tool-belt recession is having a negative multiplier-type effect on the U.S. economy. AFPBusiness.com examines a report from the Center for American Progress that offers as advice to Congress the idea of promoting energy-efficiency incentives to homeowners as a way to get construction workers back to work.   Click […]

‘Found money,’ ‘something necessary,’ the rebate, and stimulus

   Column by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net The so-called fiscal-conservative elected officials in Waynesboro are falling all over themselves to spend the $560,000 in “found money” resulting from last fiscal year’s budget surplus. Vice Mayor Frank Lucente has even suggested recently that he would like to see the city hold onto the money “until we need […]

Virginia Tech: Grant to train new green workers

   Staff Report News tips: freepress2@ntelos.net A Virginia Tech-led team of almost 20 partners has won $3.8 million in federal stimulus money to train workers for new, green jobs in the construction industry. The grant is expected to train some 400 workers over two years. “Faculty from the Virginia Tech College of Engineering and College […]

What is ‘the right direction’?

  Column by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net My first reaction to the news that Republican Scott Brown had upset Democrat Martha Coakley in the special election to fill the late Ted Kennedy’s Massachusetts Senate seat – Damn, there goes the country. The pundits were laying out the course for the next few months in the political […]

Stimulus needs better reporting

   Column by Greg LeRoy Submit guest columns, letters: freepress2@ntelos.net Aside from health-care reform, probably the most divisive issue in Washington today is the $787 billion economic stimulus program. One camp argues that the Recovery Act has done a good job in preventing the country from plunging into a more serious crisis than the one […]

Anatomy of a stimulus effort gone wrong

   Column by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net It all sounded good. A Small Business Administration workshop leader told a group of small-business owners in Harrisonburg this past summer about a new loan program funded under the Recovery Act that was designed to help struggling small-business owners deal with short-term cash-flow issues resulting from the ongoing financial […]

Kaine: 5,900 jobs created, saved through stimulus

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine noted today that state agencies have reported more than 5,900 jobs created or saved from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds flowing through the State Treasury. To date, more than $5 billion in ARRA contracts, grants and loans have been awarded in Virginia, with more than half in the form of […]

Kaine announces stimulus funds for bridges

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine on Thursday announced that 119 bridges across the Commonwealth will be replaced or repaired using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Commonwealth Transportation Board has awarded seven construction contracts to replace 119 structurally deficient bridges across the state that would otherwise have gone unaddressed. The awarded contracts, totaling […]

Mark Warner | Concerns shared on stimulus

While there are recent promising signs that our country’s economy is beginning to improve, I share the concerns of many Virginians about the federal government’s role in assuming significant ownership stakes in several private companies – namely General Motors, Chrysler, AIG and Citigroup. Taxpayers are understandably worried about how much of their initial investment they […]

President Barack Obama | Remarks on federal stimulus

Speech at National Institutes of Health Bethesda, Md. Wednesday, Sept. 30 THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you so much. Francis, thank you for the extraordinary introduction. I want to echo what has just been said about my Secretary of HHS. She is, I just think, outstanding. She hit the ground running, and with all the […]

News from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Thursday, Sept. 3 – Remarks by Vice President Biden on the 200 days of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Thank you. (Applause.) It’s a pleasure to be back. And I told Strobe in the anteroom that, Mr. Secretary, the many, many times that I’ve been here, almost always the subject has been foreign policy. […]

In the News

– Capitol Hill: Warner concludes visit to Middle East – Politics: Byrne endorses Deeds – Local News: Murder-suicide in Staunton – Capitol Hill: Biden calls for report on green economic opportunities – Capitol Hill: Senators announce education funding – Capitol Hill: Perriello pushes expanded health-care access for rural veterans – Event: Stuart Hall presents a […]

Greg Marrow | Facts and figures on unemployment

Recently I read in the News Leader an attempt by Del. Steve Landes to explain away his rejection of the $125 million in federal stimulus money dedicated to unemployment insurance. Early on in his commentary Del. Landes states, “This would have been a permanent change to unemployment benefits.” As Steve Landes and everyone else in […]

Team Coverage | Democrats raise the temperature on GOP unemployment block

Results, Not Roadblocks was the theme of the news event featuring Democratic Party candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates at the Virginia Employment Commission office in Harrisonburg Thursday afternoon. AFP editor Chris Graham was there and reports across the media platforms. The videos feature 15th District Democratic nominee John Lesinsky, 20th District Democratic nominee […]

House GOP turns back on those hit hardest by recession

(Updated with statements from Del. Chris Saxman and Democratic legislative candidates Erik Curren and Greg Marrow appearing under our Comments section.) One thousand, one hundred and thirty two. That’s a real number for you, specifically how many more Waynesboro residents are out of a job as of the most recent report of the Virginia Employment […]

Sanford D. Horn | Founding Fathers spinning in their graves

Those gurgling, choking and gasping sounds followed by a loud thud you hear are James Madison, Patrick Henry, George Mason and John Adams collectively coming back to life then dropping dead all over again as they no longer recognize the out-of-control government that once knew its place in American society.

Stimulating conversation

Stimulus is everywhere – from City Hall to the State Capitol to the boardroom to the ‘Net. Gov. Tim Kaine today announced the launch of an overhauled Stimulus.Virginia.Gov web portal into the ins and outs regarding the money being invested in Virginia from the $700 billion-plus American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Virginia is getting just […]

Anatomy of a stimulus project

Nancy Dowdy was surprised, to say the least, to hear that the not-anywhere-close-to-being-shovel-ready Shenandoah Village Drive extension had made its way into the package of proposals for federal stimulus money up approved by Waynesboro City Council last week. She has an idea as to why it ended up in the submission to the state for […]

The $700 billion-plus stimulus

The stimulus. Seven hundred billion dollars. It’s a lot of money, and it has our attention not just because of the amount, but because of the stakes. The U.S. economy has hit perhaps its roughest patch since the 1930s, definitely since the early 1980s recession that saddled us with double-digit unemployment and a spiraling national […]

Sanford D. Horn | Rush to bad judgment

Congress and Barack Obama have mastered hurry up and wait to an art form; but it’s an art form that should rankle the American people to their core. Obama wasted taxpayer dollars giving campaign-esque speeches in Elkhart, Ind., East Peoria, Ill., and Fort Myers, Fla., demanding that Congress pass the so-called stimulus package as quickly […]

AFP Politics Blog – Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009

– News: Pew Center commends Virginia for budgeting, management, Tuesday, 5:40 p.m. – News: House GOP kills bipartisan redistricting, Tuesday, 5:40 p.m. – News: Statement of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on stimulus, Tuesday, 5:40 p.m. – News: Gov. Kaine announces initiative to prepare dropouts for entry-level tech jobs, Tuesday, 12:20 p.m. – News: Shannon announces […]

AFP Politics Blog – Feb. 13-15, 2009

– News: Moran gets firefighters endorsements, Sunday, 3:09 p.m. – News: Dems comment on addition of Gillespie to McDonnell campaign team, Friday, 5:10 p.m. – News: McAuliffe comments on House education-funding cuts, Friday, 4:35 p.m. – News: Perriello comments on stimulus, Friday, 4:35 p.m. – Video: Jeff Frederick denounces Darwin, Friday, 9:40 a.m. – News: […]

Webb shares perspectives, insight on stimulus

Jim Webb isn’t your average run-of-the-mill partisan whose vote can be accounted for solely based on his Democratic Party pedigree. The centrist Virginia senior senator studied the economic-stimulus plan making its way through Congress line item-by-line item. “I had to be able to sit up here as I am right now and say, This is […]

AFP Politics Blog – Monday, Feb. 9, 2009

– News: Voter-restoration bill passes Virginia Senate, Monday, 7:40 p.m. – News: Shannon earns AG endorsements, Monday, 7:22 p.m. – News: House GOP talks up transportation-funding plan, Monday, 7:22 p.m. – News: Moran picks up endorsement of former Democratic Governors’ Association director, Monday, 2:45 p.m. – News: Poll suggests support for stimulus, Monday, 2:45 p.m. […]

Videocast | Perspectives on waste

House Republicans today released a list of projects they consider wasteful in the Obama-Democrat stimulus. AFP editor Chris Graham looks through the list and finds several points where the GOP seems to take issue with basic common sense. Length: 2:38.