Concord - A news article in the Nashua Telegraph yesterday highlighted the positive impact that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has had in New Hampshire. According to the Telegraph, and the state Office of Economic Stimulus, over 8,300 jobs have been created in the Granite State, while just a little more than half of funding has been dispersed.
"The Recovery Act is on track to create 16,000 jobs in the Granite State," said Harrell Kirstein, press secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party. "Now that it is clear this legislation is helping New Hampshire lead the national economic recovery, will the Republican candidates continue to attack it? Or will they finally put partisanship aside and acknowledge its positive job creating impact?"
Among the industries seeing the largest growth in job creation are highway infrastructure with over 250 new jobs created in the last quarter, home weatherization projects that have employed 120 people, and clean water programs for local municipalities which have created or saved nearly 200 jobs.
And this new estimate doesn't include any of the jobs that were created or saved through collateral spending at local restaurants, retail locations, or other small businesses. The state Office of Economic Stimulus, only counts jobs that are directly funded with money from the Recovery Act.
"Six months ago the Republicans were tripping over themselves to attack the Recovery Act, and asked to see one new job it created. Well, here are more than 8,000," added Kirstein. "And during that same time they have proposed no real solutions to create jobs, or rebuild our economy after it was driven into a ditch by eight failed year of failed Republican economic policy."
A link to the article in Monday's Nashua Telegraph can be found here.