Governor Praises President Obama’s Leadership in Creating and Saving Jobs in Maryland and Across Nation
ANNAPOLIS, MD (February 17, 2010) – Governor Martin O’Malley today released the following statement regarding the one year anniversary of the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and praised the leadership of the Obama Administration to get America’s families back to work and out of this national economic downturn:
“Because of the swift action of President Obama, we are proud to report that 19,958 jobs have been created or saved in Maryland thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.”
“We’ve invested in important infrastructure projects, including public school construction, water and wastewater projects, and highway improvements throughout Maryland. We’ve expanded our weatherization programs, creating green jobs in every corner of our state. And we’ve used these funds to provide our own vulnerable citizens the healthcare they need through the Medicaid program. Teachers, police officers, contractors, highway workers – literally thousands of our fellow Marylanders are employed today thanks to the Recovery Act.”
President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act helped crate or save an estimated 2 million jobs nationwide, and helped our national economy to grow by 5.7 percent in the fourth quarter. The Recovery Act also provided over $100 billion in tax relief for American businesses and families.
The latest round of reporting required by the federal government to account for Maryland’s share of the funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was recently completed. These reports detail the use of these funds that been used and invested through our state so far. A summary of report is now available, and can be found at www.recovery.maryland.gov <http://www.recovery.maryland.gov/> .