The White House accepts suggestions and questions from the public and regularly responds to feedback. I found this a few minutes ago.
Joyce from Lake Forest Park, WA wrote “I am concerned about how President Obama’s stimulus package will help people in construction industries. New green jobs will be created, but how will this help engineers and architects keep and expand their businesses?”
The following is the response from the White House: This is a great question. The creation of green jobs is extremely important and will play a part in creating a sustainable future for ourselves and our children. Just this morning the Vice President swore in another member of our Task Force, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, who has been one of the greatest champions of green jobs in the country for years. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will create or save 3.5 million jobs in America—75,000 in Joyce’s state alone. What we’re doing is making sure that state and local governments have the money to fund job-creating projects, like building and reinforcing roads, dams, and bridges; making public housing more energy efficient; and making improvements to affordable housing. These jobs won’t solely provide work for construction workers, they’ll also create more demand for engineers and architects to design the projects.
When the money is distributed at the state and local levels, we plan for it to be put to use where your community needs it most, whether you need teachers, firefighters, cops, paramedics, or bus drivers. President Obama put my boss, Vice-President Biden, in charge of overseeing the distribution of the funds that, among many things, will create jobs that will restore the prosperity of the middle class.
As a small business owner, I found their response and the recent announcement that they will being using $375 million of the stimulus to go to loans for small business encouraging
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