Area benefiting from stimulus funds

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Nine months into the Obama administration's stimulus plan for the nation's economy, the flow of dollars into the Augusta region has generated more than news.

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The Augusta Housing Authority is using $6.1 million to renovate the Peabody Apartments.  Jackie Ricciardi/Staff
Jackie Ricciardi/Staff
The Augusta Housing Authority is using $6.1 million to renovate the Peabody Apartments.

Anglers at Thurmond Lake can enjoy new courtesy docks and recreation facilities. Medical College of Georgia researchers are awaiting funds for research and computers. Road widenings and repavings are moving forward ahead of schedule. Even the Augusta Housing Authority will see some green that includes $6.1 million in renovations for Peabody Apartments.

The biggest stimulus apple in the local economy is tied to the $1.6 billion in U.S. Energy Department funding at Savannah River Site, where thousands of workers are either at work or being added in hopes of completing environmental cleanup projects years ahead of schedule.

"The total head count as of Jan. 8, 2010, is 2,860," SRS spokesman Jim Giusti said Wednesday. The goal announced at the program's onset was to create or retain at least 3,000 jobs.

Most of the stimulus funds are being managed by the site's main contractor, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, and are being used to accelerate projects that include the decommissioning of P and R reactors, which once produced plutonium for the nation's nuclear arsenal. Workers also hope to speed up exporting of nuclear waste shipments from SRS and demolition of obsolete buildings.

Though the spending, and the jobs, are expected to last only through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act's September 2011 deadline, the impact of the SRS cleanup projects will be felt for much longer, according to Rick McLeod, the executive director of the SRS Community Reuse Organization, an economic development consortium.

"What will last longer is the issue of reducing the site footprint, which is one of the things this series of projects is supposed to do," he said.

Speeding up efforts to consolidate the site's activities within a much smaller area will in time free up outlying areas for reuse and new missions sooner, he said.

"As they consolidate and shrink those areas, more land becomes suitable for other uses -- not only things like an energy park but for other community activities."

Reach Rob Pavey at 868-1222, ext. 119, or rob.pavey@augustachronicle.com.

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gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 01/14/10 - 09:47 am
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Ayetidiosi - People pay good

Ayetidiosi - People pay good money in taxes and they're certainly entitled to getting some of it back. Instead of it being blown on wars and waste abroad.

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 01/14/10 - 09:53 am
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LancelotLink - You said

LancelotLink - You said Kuwait didn't ask to be invaded. Question? Does God give people like a mission?

LancelotLink
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LancelotLink 01/14/10 - 09:54 am
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So blow off Haiti then. Their

So blow off Haiti then. Their population is only 40% of Iraq even before AIDS and this earthquake. 25 million Iraqis now live in relative freedom and democracy. I'd say that was money well spent. But again, that's not the tangent of this false stimulus that is merely a band aid on a spurting artery until the core issues are addressed. Those would be less government regulation, tax incentives for small and medium sized business, and let the free market economy police itself with the failures allowed to fail. If there is a demand for a product or service, private industry will step in and meet the demands while providing jobs if allowed to do it.

slippery 25
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slippery 25 01/14/10 - 09:58 am
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We do pay alot of good money

We do pay alot of good money in taxes that is why we need responsible spending.

donnymack
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donnymack 01/14/10 - 10:00 am
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Obama is the most

Obama is the most repugnent,obnoxcious and insidious person that ever walked the face of the planet. If you folks don't believe it ask any one of the Great Republican Southern Baptists. I believe that they need to preach more love of mankind than hate of mankind. By now ya'll have a nice day. This is a hit and run by Donny Mack.

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 01/14/10 - 10:05 am
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LancelotLink - I've often

LancelotLink - I've often heard free market rhetoric but if that's our salvation - then why did the economic train wreck and the business tycoons cry for government to bail them out.

LancelotLink
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LancelotLink 01/14/10 - 10:10 am
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gasping, because of

gasping, because of government regulation dictating what kind of risky home loans would be made by Fannie and Freddie. Thanks for playing the straight man in this comedy routine. You can maximize your display of ignorance by continuing to post. You must have very low, or no, self-esteem to keep showing up every day and keep getting beat down by facts and coming right back for more. I'm done with you, you are boring. (but funny)

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 01/14/10 - 10:30 am
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all you OBAMA supporters-when

all you OBAMA supporters-when you spend 781 billion on the stimulus plan you get the money either thru borrowing, printing or taxing.. all of these have a detrimental affect on the economy..you cant take from one end of the pool and put the water at the other end and think your filling up the pool. the economy is the same way what you take affects another part of the economy. and this is why the govt stimulus plan is so stupid. Obama's crew says they created a million jobs or so no one can figure out where though.but the real question by taking that money from the other part of the economy how many jobs have they destroyed..

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jb5365 01/14/10 - 10:38 am
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lancelotlink, where do you

lancelotlink, where do you idiots get this (mis)information you continue to spout? Finally, someone is looking out for the people of the US and y`all want to make something of it. Isn`t the decline of every level of life enough for you idiots? All for the precious "political capital" to get more geniuses like the ones that just got us into this fix elected? I would think you would be ashamed of yourself. Your capacities must be similar to Bush`s...

willienelson
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willienelson 01/14/10 - 10:55 am
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jb5365 , I'm assuming you

jb5365 , I'm assuming you went to a much better college than Harvard based on your Bush bashing. Just a couple of facts that may have slipped by you. First, Bush is no longer in office. Second, Obama is.

LancelotLink
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LancelotLink 01/14/10 - 10:57 am
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jb - It's impossible for a

jb - It's impossible for a nation to borrow it's way into prosperity, the math simply doesn't work. It's like using one of your credit cards to pay another one. Try it and see how long it lasts.

willienelson
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willienelson 01/14/10 - 11:06 am
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Do any of you think the

Do any of you think the Democrat party will ever be relevant again after this one term president?

LancelotLink
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LancelotLink 01/14/10 - 11:11 am
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I have already expressed my

I have already expressed my thanks to Obama and his administration for ensuring this type of social(ist) experiment will never happen again in my lifetime, probably not even in my childrens' lifetime.

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GGpap 01/14/10 - 11:12 am
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Lancelot, YOU can maximize

Lancelot, YOU can maximize your display of belligerent, partisan narrow-minded diarrhea by continuing to post. Using your own words, when you can no longer hold your own against another that can deal out the same insults and disrespect as you do; ---I. too, am done with you. You are not worthy of a response, sir. GGpap

willienelson
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willienelson 01/14/10 - 11:17 am
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Man....GGAP must be mad. He

Man....GGAP must be mad. He can't think of anything original so he is now duplicating the posts of others. Calm down little buddy. You can have an opinion. Just remember, not everyone will agree with you. It won't seem so emotional to you when you become an adult. I will assume that I too, am unworthy of a response. Perhaps this will save you the effort of having someone type another post for you.

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jb5365 01/14/10 - 11:20 am
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Yeah, well, look up the

Yeah, well, look up the difference between inteligence versus cleverness and you`ll see my estimation of bush. Obviously the Iraq thing was a distraction while they played with the money. Where do you think it went? Betcha there are LOTS of repug billionaires after that experiment. Good thing the right didn`t get their bloody hands on SS...

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LancelotLink 01/14/10 - 11:21 am
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willie, it's okay, I

willie, it's okay, I understand petulant children who stay up past their bedtimes since they have nobody to say their goodnight prayers to. No worries here.

LancelotLink
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LancelotLink 01/14/10 - 11:22 am
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jb, this article is about the

jb, this article is about the temporary band aid that Obama (PBUH) is attempting that isn't even working. Check out the other story on continued job losses. Facts are my friend.

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obx2019 01/14/10 - 11:27 am
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Let's look at the actual

Let's look at the actual effects of "stimulus" dollars and the effect there-after... If every job created requires $200k of stimulus, and we are running up the debt to fund this stimulus, meaning it will really cost the govt $250k+ in the future, then when we repay this debt in the future, how many jobs will be lost as people and businesses have to send all these tax dollars to Uncle Sam rather than spending the money on goods and services? In other words, the Republican argument isn't that the stimulus isn't ineffective, but that the net effect, when you factor in repaying this money in the future, is negative.

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LancelotLink 01/14/10 - 11:33 am
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obx, Good luck with that,

obx, Good luck with that, man...if "The math doesn't work" can't be comprehended by the Obamorons, I don't give them much shot at absorbing your Chapter 2 introduction explanation from the Economics-101 textbook.

Notreally
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Notreally 01/14/10 - 11:34 am
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lol at so much hate for

lol at so much hate for obama. bankruptcy... pending, looming.. chronicle lol.

willienelson
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willienelson 01/14/10 - 11:38 am
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Notreally, hahahaha. I know.

Notreally, hahahaha. I know. Aren't facts just funny.

Notreally
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Notreally 01/14/10 - 11:43 am
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God help us... the crazies

God help us... the crazies yet still are bent on staying crazy.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 01/14/10 - 11:44 am
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How many jobs have been or

How many jobs have been or will be LOST due to increased taxation? Then we can know the NET gain in jobs, not the GROSS increase, and NET is the only number that means anything.

obx2019
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obx2019 01/14/10 - 11:50 am
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Dixeman see if this helps,

Dixeman see if this helps, here are some stimulus comparison figures, to show that not two stimulus methods are equal. Impact ranges from $1.62 created to $0.30 dollars for every dollar in stimulus.
http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/briefing-book/background/stimulus/images/...
Another thing to look at is if these jobs are being paid for by the stimulus, then they go away when the stimulus money runs out. Thus not a permanent soultion but a temperary short term surface fix to a deep rooted problem.

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Irish 01/14/10 - 12:31 pm
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Two million jobs saved or

Two million jobs saved or created. Then why are we at 10 % unemployment. Why was there an increase of 11,000 unemployment claims last week. Why have so many given up trying to even find work. why did retail sales fall 3% in Dec. I wonder if he is going to count the relief efforts to Haiti as new jobs. He pledged 100 million in American aide. America has always stepped up and will continue to do so. The administration is counting on this relief action to bolster his falling polls. Trying to divert attention from the health care and other debaucles he's created...

LancelotLink
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LancelotLink 01/14/10 - 12:34 pm
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I personally think he is just

I personally think he is just scared of Voodoo based on his upbringing.

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fiscallyresponsible 01/14/10 - 12:58 pm
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How about some of that

How about some of that fabulous stimulus money to fix I-20 West Bound? There are so many pot holes and grooves in the road it's starting to look like a 3rd World Country.

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convertedsoutherner 01/14/10 - 01:38 pm
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The porkulus bill was nothing

The porkulus bill was nothing but a slush fund for prezbho and his goons.

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grinder48 01/14/10 - 02:08 pm
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Temp jobs don't solve the
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Temp jobs don't solve the problem. Need to rescind NAFTA treaty and bring manufacturing jobs back to US. We shipped our real jobs overseas and it's been a disaster ever since ...

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