About $400 million in federal stimulus dollars will go to Pr. George's
Local governments and businesses in Prince George's County have been awarded about $400 million in federal stimulus money, officials said at a news conference Monday. The funds will allow county and municipal officials to hire 55 new police officers and purchase public safety equipment, and have prevented the layoffs of as many as 500 county employees, County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) said Monday.
About $23 million of the money will go to local contractors, creating or saving 241 jobs, officials said.
The county-level numbers were presented at a Monday afternoon news conference that brought together federal and local officials, including U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) and Reps. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) The numbers are based on preliminary data released by the Obama administration last week. Final nationwide numbers are due out at the end of the month.
"These federal dollars have been substantial," Johnson said. "If we didn't have the stimulus funds we would have laid off hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people."
Johnson recently instituted the county's first round of layoffs since the recession started. About 50 employees spanning numerous county agencies were notified of the cuts early this month, though a complete accounting of the layoffs has not been released by Johnson's office.
According to figures released Monday, about $116 million of the funds will be directed to transportation projects in the county. Nearly $118 million will be allocated to education and $15.6 million will go to public safety. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act also included tax relief measures that will help more that 550,000 residents, officials said.
You can get a breakdown of where stimulus money is going -- at the national, state and county levels -- here.
October 19, 2009; 4:41 PM ET
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