THE IMPACT: Stimulus bill helped some far more than others

On August 8, 2010, in Impact, by Graydon Gordian

Eighteen months after the passage of the $787 billion economic stimulus law, an analysis finds that some parts of the country and some sectors of the economy have benefited far more than others have — and that it’s difficult to detail exactly where all the money has gone.

RACE TO THE TOP: How Arne Duncan is rewriting U.S. education

On August 8, 2010, in Education, by Danny Yadron

Education Secretary Arne Duncan inserted a half-page program description into the economic stimulus act to create Race to the Top, a multibillion-dollar sweepstakes to overhaul U.S. schools that gave Duncan’s department unprecedented power.

DIGITAL RECORDS: Stimulus technology money aims to reduce health care costs

On August 8, 2010, in Health Care, by Max Frumes

Almost $26 billion in stimulus money will go toward health information-technology efforts.The Obama administration often avoids defining the stimulus as being mainly about jobs. Vice President Joe Biden, in announcing stimulus grants to 15 health care operations around the country, stressed that the money would help improve care by digitizing records.

RED TAPE: Historic site rule may slow some stimulus projects

On August 8, 2010, in Rules, by Abby Sewell

A routine federal requirement that’s intended to preserve historic sites threatens to delay some economic stimulus projects around the country. Federally funded projects that could affect sites with historic value are required to undergo reviews that consider ways to minimize disturbance of the sites. Projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are no different.

SOCIAL PROGRAMS: Stimulus money helps homeless schoolchildren

On August 8, 2010, in Social Programs, by Lauren E. Bohn

About $70 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is aimed at bolstering a federal program aimed at helping homeless children. One school district in Rocky Mount, N.C., shows how a little stimulus money can make a big difference in getting homeless kids to school.

THE ARTS: Programs, not individual artists, will divvy up $50 million

On August 8, 2010, in The Arts, by Lahaina Mondonedo

The $787 billion stimulus law included about $50 million in funding for the arts. Like the Great Depression’s Federal One arts funding programs, the stimulus bill aims to create or save jobs in the arts. But the stimulus bill diverges from the Federal One program — it offers grants to arts programs through the National Endowment for the Arts while President Franklin Roosevelt’s arts funding gave money directly to artists.

ENERGY INITIATIVES: Weatherization program off to slow start

On August 8, 2010, in Energy, by Paul Schott

The government says that only 13 percent of the 593,000 home-weatherization projects scheduled to be completed by 2012 under the stimulus package have been finished.The Weatherization Assistance Program got $5 billion in the stimulus package, which Congress passed in February 2009. But weatherization spending is lagging far behind expectations.