FEDERAL STIMULUS PACKAGE UPDATES
As a way to keep the membership informed in a timely manner, the League has created a Web page that details many of the city-related portions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The page can be accessed at www.tml.org, by clicking on “Federal Stimulus Information.”
When the League receives information of interest to city officials, the page will be updated immediately. Since the publication of last week’s TML Legislative Update, the following information on the page has been updated:
- Community Development, Economic Development, and Housing – The existing United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Community Facilities Program Account may receive funding under the ARRA (Note: USDA suggests that eligible cities submit applications now, even though the amount of new funding is still unknown).
- Transportation – On March 5, the Texas Transportation Commission approved allocation of $1.2 billion in ARRA funding for 29 construction projects across the state, and detailed information is available on the Web page.
- Public Safety/Homeland Security - The amount of Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) funding going to individual states and local governments has been released by the Department of Justice, and information on how to seek funding is available on the Web page.
- The Texas House of Representatives Select Committee on Federal Economic Stabilization Funding will conduct hearings around the state to accept public testimony on the ARRA. The first meeting is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2009, in Arlington at the following location:
University of Texas, Arlington
E.H. Hereford University Center
Rio Grande Room
300 W. First Street
League staff will continue to monitor the implementation of the ARRA.