Para los interesados en ver desglosado esa parte del estímulo de Obama (H.R. 1) que viene para la Florida, este es el enlace. Para otros estados, chequeen aquí y busquen el estado. De momento, para el Miami-Dade School Board vienen más de $211 millones, pero tengan en cuenta que el gobernador Crist aceptó recortar más de $366 millones, de los cuales, alrededor de $200 millones menos para nuestro School Board.

Copia del documento completo para la Florida, tienen los estimados en cada rubro si siguen leyendo:


According to the White House, 206,000 of these jobs will be in Florida. Getting America back to work is the first step on the road to economic recovery and long-term competitiveness and prosperity.

Infrastructure and science. In order to rebuild our weakening economy, these investments in our physical and cyber infrastructure will put Floridians immediately to work rebuilding our crumbling roads and bridges, and will also enable the creation of a stronger and more efficient infrastructure for the 21st century economy. According to the Senate Committee on Appropriations, our economic recovery package includes the following estimated benefits for Florida:*

$88.8 million through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to address the backlog of drinking water infrastructure needs

$134.4 million through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to address the backlog of clean water infrastructure needs

$1.3 billion in Highway Funding to be used on activities eligible under the Federalaid Highway Program’s Surface Transportation Program and could also include rail and port infrastructure activities at the discretion of the states

$316.2 million in Transit Formula Funding for investments in mass transit

$85.9 million through the Public Housing Capital Fund to enable local public housing agencies to address a national $32 billion backlog in capital needs – especially those improving energy efficiency in aging developments – in this critical element of the nation’s affordable housing infrastructure

$100.9 million in HOME Funding to enable state and local government, in partnership with community-based organizations, to acquire, construct, and rehabilitate affordable housing and provide rental assistance to poor families

$65.6 million through the Homelessness Prevention Fund to be used for prevention activities, which include: short or medium-term rental assistance, first and last month’s rental payment, or utility payments. As such, most of this funding will go directly into the economy of local communities, as the funds will be used to pay housing and other associated costs in the private market Education and Training in Florida. In order to compete in the 21st Century, we must have a well-educated workforce, capable of adapting to an ever-changing economic environment.

Investing in education now will ensure that the next generation of Florida’s workers is ready and able to meet the challenge of global competition. In the near-term, millions of workers have seen their jobs disappear, and find themselves unable to match their skill sets with existing opportunities. Providing job training in new and expanding fields will help to lower the unemployment rate and help today’s workers better compete against foreign competition. The Congressional Research Service estimates that our economic plan includes $2.7 billion through the State Fiscal Stabilization Funds to local school districts and public colleges and universities in Florida and additional funding for other high-priority needs such as public safety and other critical services, which may include education

According to the Senate Committee on Appropriations, our economic recovery package includes the following estimated benefits for Florida:*

$627.2 million for Special Education Part B State Grants to help improve educational outcomes for individuals with disabilities, raising the federal contribution to nearly 40 percent, the level established when the law was authorized more than 30 years ago

$30.1 million in education technology funds to purchase up-to-date computers and software and provide professional development to ensure the technology is used effectively in the classroom $651.7 million for Title I Education for the Disadvantaged to help close the achievement gap and enable disadvantaged students to reach their potential

$20.6 million in State Employment Service Grants to match unemployed individuals to job openings through state employment service agencies and allow Florida to provide customized reemployment services

$78.4 million in Dislocated Workers State Grants, particularly for grants that support immediate strategies for regions and communities to meet their need for skilled workers, as well as longer-term plans to build targeted industry clusters with better training and a more productive workforce

$19.6 million for Department of Labor’s Adult State Grants

$43.3 million for Department of Labor’s Youth State Grants

$26.6 million for Vocational Rehabilitation to help individuals with disabilities prepare for and sustain gainful employment According to the White House, the economic recovery package also includes more Pell Grants for the 397,000 Pell Grant recipients in Florida.

Florida’s Energy. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provides investments in areas critical to the development of clean, efficient, American energy, including modernizing energy transmission, research and development of renewable energy technologies, and modernizing and upgrading government buildings and vehicles.

According to the Senate Committee on Appropriations, our economic recovery package includes the following estimated benefits for Florida:*

$125 million through the State Energy Program

$190.2 million through the Weatherization Assistance Program

Protecting the Vulnerable in Florida. The current economic crisis has affected all

Floridians, but none more so than the most vulnerable among us. The spending proposed here will serve to lessen the blow of the current recession, providing immediate relief for children, the poor, and others who may find themselves struggling to put food on the table or a roof over their head. It will also address the urgent need to provide safe and secure places to live, even in neighborhoods that are struggling with high unemployment and surging foreclosure rates.

According to the Senate Committee on Appropriations, our economic recovery package includes the following estimated benefits in the state:*

$4.4 million for National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance

$5.1 million through the Emergency Food Assistance Program

$1.1 billion in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (formerly Food Stamps)

$4.3 million for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, which provides grants to nonprofit and faith-based organizations at the local level to supplement their programs for emergency food and shelter to provide for the immediate needs of the homeless

$105.3 million in Child Care and Development Block Grants to provide quality child care services for in low-income families who increasingly are unable to afford the high cost of day care

$29.4 million for Head Start to allow additional children to participate in this program, which provides development, educational, health, nutritional, social and other activities that prepare children to succeed in school crisis, such as housing and mortgage counseling, jobs skills training, food pantry assistance, as well as benefits outreach and enrollment

$9.6 million for Senior Meals Programs to help senior meals programs cope with steep increases in food and fuel costs. Many programs are reducing meal deliveries to seniors or closing meal sites

According to the Center for Law and Social Policy, Florida will receive an estimated $65.7 million, benefiting an estimated 11,500 households in Florida for Homelessness Prevention activities, which include short- to medium-term rental assistance, housing relocation and stabilization assistance, and rapid re-housing assistance for those who have become homeless Law Enforcement in Florida. Nearly every sector of the American job market has suffered job loss and programming cuts, including state and local law enforcement. Cuts in this field can have a devastating direct and indirect effect on the health of a community by way of increased crime, lowered property values, business closings, and the loss of good paying, upwardly-mobile, middle class growing jobs.

According to the Senate Committee on Appropriations, our economic recovery package includes the following estimated benefits for Florida:*

$134.7 million in Byrne/JAG grants to support law enforcement efforts

$ 4.7 million for crime victims compensation and assistance

$2.2 million in Internet Crimes Against Children Grants to help law enforcement agencies enhance their investigative response to offenders who use the Internet, online communication systems, or other computer technology to sexually exploit children

$9.1 million in Violence Against Women Grants for victim services programs to improve the criminal justice system’s response to violent crimes against women and to assist victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking who are in need of transitional housing, short-term housing assistance, and related support services The Center for Law and Social Policy estimates that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 also includes $100.1 million for Florida in federal matching funds for child support enforcement, which will improve Florida’s ability to collect child support – a critical safety net for struggling families and a reliable source of economic stimulus because those families reinvest the money into the local economy for basic needs. Extended Unemployment Insurance for Florida Unemployment in Florida stood at 8.1 percent in December 2008 (the last month for which we have data). The Department of Labor estimates that Florida could receive $447 million in new funding if Florida fully enacts the UI modernization incentives that the new law provides.

According to the National Employment Law Project, this means that an additional $100 in unemployment insurance benefits will be offered to approximately 761,000 workers who have lost their jobs in this recession.

Fiscal Relief for Florida Through FMAP Rising unemployment rates mean that more people are losing their health insurance and relying on Medicaid to maintain coverage. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provides almost $87 billion over the next two years in additional federal matching funds to help states, like Florida, maintain their Medicaid programs. Already 28 states have proposed or enacted cuts to public health programs and state budget deficits continue to grow. This temporary, targeted funding is critical to ensuring that states experiencing significant unemployment receive additional funding. Florida will receive $4.39 billion that will help Florida avoid cutting eligibility for Medicaid and maintain the services available to recipients.

Tax Relief for Florida Families and Businesses According to the Senate Committee on Finance, the following are examples of tax provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 that will help Florida businesses and families, create jobs and get Florida’s economy moving:

Up to $400 for workers (or $800 for married couples) in the new Making Work Pay Tax Credit for 6.9 million workers and their families in Florida

$250 to Social Security beneficiaries, SSI recipients, and disabled veterans

$2,500 for 195,000 additional families in Florida that will qualify for the new American Opportunity Tax Credit that makes college more affordable for 3.8 million families nationwide

Extended and increased first-time Homebuyer Tax Credit to both help aspiring homeowners and stabilize plummeting home prices

Extended Bonus Depreciation and Small Business Expensing through 2009, allowing businesses that make capital investments to immediately deduct one-half the cost. Small businesses can immediately deduct 100 percent of the cost of these investments The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 would protect over 26 million working families across the nation from the Alternative Minimum Tax, representing thousands of dollars in additional income taxes.

According to the Congressional Research Service, 1,075,000 Floridians would be protected from the Alternative Minimum Tax in 2009.

Temporary Assistance to Needy Families in Florida The Congressional Research Service estimates that Florida would receive $60.4 million in TANF supplemental grants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. These supplemental grants provide additional assistance to states with high population growth and/or increased poverty. Seventeen states qualify and currently receive these grants, which would expire in June 2009. The legislation would extend these grants for Fiscal Year 2010.

*Note that this provides estimates of highlights of the Division A of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. It is not a complete listing of all the benefits for Florida in the economic recovery package.