In the five months since Congress passed the stimulus package (aka the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act), millions of dollars have begun flowing into Oregon and other states. Medford is using a chunk of the federal money to make road repairs and put solar panels on its Higher Education Center. Arts organizations around the state breathed a sigh of relief at the news they’ll be able to save some jobs with help from stimulus grants. Oregon also recently scored some extra federal dollars in competitive grants that will go towards building charging stations for electric cars and making and developing batteries.
Many of these projects create jobs, at least temporarily, though some construction companies are grumbling that there isn’t enough work to go around since a lot of the stimulus money is going to fill the state budget hole. And some have raised concerns that the staff and capital improvements funded won’t be sustainable in a couple of years when the federal money dries up.
Did you get (or keep) a job funded by stimulus money? Has your company hired people to do stimulus-related projects? What will happen to those jobs when the federal money runs out? How has your life been impacted by the stimulus package?
- Mike Crennen: President of Knife River southern Oregon division
- Craig Willis: Artistic director for Lord Leebrick Theatre Company
- Madeleine Mader: Staff assistant to Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler
- Craig Hostetler: Executive director of Oregon Primary Care Association
- Mark McMullen: Director of government consulting for Moody’s Economy.com
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OPB | Feb. 22, 2017