Concord - The New Hampshire Democratic Party launched a new webpage, 'Road to Recovery,' dedicated to highlighting numerous benefits of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Chairman Ray Buckley issued the following statement on launch of the new site:
"In the last few months of 2009 alone, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has funded hundreds of jobs here in New Hampshire and helped countless more Granite Staters struggling in these difficult economic times."
"Thanks to the hard work of Democrats at the national and state level, New Hampshire has effectively put the Recovery Act to work for Granite Staters in countless different ways including tax relief for small businesses, infrastructure and energy efficiency improvements, and training New Hampshire workers for careers in growing industries like health care."
"The addition of the ARRA, Road to Recovery page to the NHDP website will serve as a resource for Granite Staters, small business owners, and reporters seeking information on how the initiative is helping move New Hampshire forward during these difficult economic times."
Background: Some of the ways ARRA has helped New Hampshire
Saved Jobs: ARRA has funded almost 600,000 jobs nationwide in just the last few months, including more than 700 jobs in New Hampshire alone and has brought the economy back from the brink.
Middle Class Tax Cut: The Recovery Act included the largest middle-class tax cut in history, which will provide $300 million in tax relief to 500,000 New Hampshire families over a two-year period. Nationally, 110 million families are benefiting from the tax credit [Seacoastonline.com, 1/31/10].
Education: The Recovery Act funded 260 teachers, school administrators, and other educators. In Manchester alone funds were used to re-hire 52 teachers who had been laid off [Union Leader, 7/28/09; 8/26/09.
Public Safety: The Recovery Act is keeping police on the streets. It funded 32 public safety officials to keep New Hampshire safe [nh.gov/recovery].
Clean Energy and the Environment: The Recovery Act is funding 129 professionals to weatherize homes, improve energy efficiency, and reduce our reliance on foreign energy sources [nh.gov/recovery].