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Gayle in MD
04-02-2010, 08:39 AM
<span style="color: #000066">LMAO! Nutcases on parade! They should be lined up to shake the president's hand, after getting that kind of grant for their area! </span>


http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2010/04/01/1348813/tea-parties-prepare-for-obama.html

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Tea party groups from around the Piedmont are planning to protest PresidentBarack Obama's health care overhaul and other policies Friday, though details of the presidential visit remained sketchy Wednesday.

Tea party organizers said they expect protesters from as far as Asheville to descend on southwest Charlotte, near the Celgard plant the president plans to tour.

Celgard has been among the most prominent examples of the green-energy jobs that Charlotte's economic development leaders hope to expand. The company makes porous membranes for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries used in notebook computers, digital cameras and other devices.

Obama is scheduled to make a midday visit to the plant, which he's expected to tour before he speaks about the economy.

Details of Obama's appearance, including the format, were unavailable Wednesday. Company officials referred reporters to the White House. So did city officials.

A spokesman for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said motorists could expect traffic delays and even stoppages in south and west Charlotte during business hours.

How much the trip will cost the city is unclear. The police department alone plans to spend up to $70,000 to staff it.

'Respect the office'

Protesters announced their plans on Facebook.

They plan to gather on South Tryon Street at Carowinds Boulevard. Craig Nannini, a tea party organizer, urged protesters to remain peaceful.

"Remember, even if youvehemently disagree with President Obama, respect theoffice," he wrote. "Bring respectful signs (hand carry the signs, no sticks), and if counter-protesters come, be respectful and civil to your fellow Americans, even if they are not. We need the story to be about the message, not anything else, so everyone be on your best behavior."

Since Congress passed the health care law this month, there have been reported threats on both sides. Michael Kelly, president of the tea party group We The People NC, said the protests will be civil.

"We expect the opposition to protest and try to incite violence," he said, "and we intend to remain peaceful about it."

The Celgard example

Obama could point to Celgard as an example of a company that has prospered with federal help.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu toured its plant last August to announce a $49 million grant that was part of an initiative to develop advanced batteries for electric-drive vehicles.

The company said in January that the grant would help expand its Charlotte site and build a new manufacturing plant in Concord, creating 80 jobs in Charlotte and 209 in Cabarrus County. The new jobs will pay an average salary of nearly $57,000, significantly better than the average wage in the two counties.

The company has said it wanted to expand in the region because of its Charlotte base, a talented workforce and the training available at Central Piedmont Community College, UNC Charlotte and the N.C. Research Campus.

Economic developers say the region's low cost of doing business, major airport and existing energy hub will draw more energy companies.

Despite such successes, much of Charlotte's energy job growth is still focused on the nuclear, coal and gas power plants that produce nearly all of the Carolinas electricity.

"What Celgard represents is sort of a vanguard company in the new energy economy," Mayor Anthony Foxx said Wednesday. "What's happening on Friday is Charlotte is stepping into center stage in the new energy economy. And that's exactly where we want to be."


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llotter
04-02-2010, 09:00 AM
Most people, including many in Charlotte apparently, don't like the idea of becoming dependent on the public dole. It is conspicuous Turth that the money that is doled out comes from somewhere, taken from people by force of law and not of their own choosing. What's more, they know that businesses that require public funding for their success are not what we as a nation should be seeking. They also understand that bureaucratic manipulation of citizens is not the basis of a free society.

I hope more such people start standing up for truth, justice and the American way.

pooltchr
04-02-2010, 09:03 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Gayle in MD</div><div class="ubbcode-body">

How much the trip will cost the city is unclear. The police department alone plans to spend up to $70,000 to staff it.

<span style="color: #FF0000">Paid for by taxpayer dollars at a time when we don't have enough money to pay enough teachers to be in the classrooms! </span>

'Respect the office'

Protesters announced their plans on Facebook.

They plan to gather on South Tryon Street at Carowinds Boulevard. <span style='font-size: 17pt'>Craig Nannini, a tea party organizer, urged protesters to remain peaceful.</span>
"Remember, even if youvehemently disagree with President Obama, respect theoffice," he wrote. "Bring respectful signs (hand carry the signs, no sticks), and if counter-protesters come, be respectful and civil to your fellow Americans, even if they are not. We need the story to be about the message, not anything else, <span style='font-size: 17pt'>so everyone be on your best behavior</span>."

Since Congress passed the health care law this month, there have been reported threats on both sides. <span style='font-size: 17pt'>Michael Kelly, president of the tea party group We The People NC, said the protests will be civil.</span>

<span style='font-size: 17pt'>"We expect the opposition to protest and try to incite violence," he said, "and we intend to remain peaceful about it."</span>

The Celgard example

Obama could point to Celgard as an example of a company that has <span style='font-size: 17pt'>prospered with federal help</span>.
<span style="color: #FF0000"> Read "taxpayer help"!</span>

Energy Secretary Steven Chu toured its plant last August to announce a <span style='font-size: 17pt'>$49 million grant </span>that was part of an initiative to develop advanced batteries for electric-drive vehicles.
<span style="color: #FF0000">and just where did that money come from? Obama and the Dems took it from us to give to them. </span>

The company said in January that the grant would help expand its Charlotte site and build a new manufacturing plant in Concord, creating 80 jobs in Charlotte and 209 in Cabarrus County. The new jobs will pay an average salary of nearly $57,000, significantly better than the average wage in the two counties.

The company has said it wanted to expand in the region because of its Charlotte base, a talented workforce and the training available at Central Piedmont Community College, UNC Charlotte and the N.C. Research Campus.

Economic developers say the region's low cost of doing business, major airport and existing energy hub will draw more energy companies.

Despite such successes, much of Charlotte's energy job growth is still focused on the nuclear, coal and gas power plants that produce nearly all of the Carolinas electricity.

"What Celgard represents is sort of a vanguard company in the new energy economy," Mayor Anthony Foxx said Wednesday. "What's happening on Friday is Charlotte is stepping into center stage in the new energy economy. And that's exactly where we want to be."


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<span style="color: #FF0000"> Yeah, since the government managed to cause thousands of lost jobs here in the banking industry, and energy has been the next largest industry in the area, we have little other choice.

Jobs created with false stimulus are just a band-aid. If the government really wants to help, they need to create an environment where business can grow and develop without federal aid. That would be "real" stimulus!

Steve</span>

sack316
04-02-2010, 09:06 AM
Steve, wait... you mean to say "grant" is not just magic money that comes from the sky delivered by unicorns with friendly leprechauns riding them? You, sir, have just turned my whole world upside down.

Sack

LWW
04-02-2010, 09:07 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Gayle in MD</div><div class="ubbcode-body">
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'Respect the office'

Protesters announced their plans on Facebook.

They plan to gather on South Tryon Street at Carowinds Boulevard. Craig Nannini, a tea party organizer, urged protesters to remain peaceful.

"Remember, even if youvehemently disagree with President Obama, respect theoffice," he wrote. "Bring respectful signs (hand carry the signs, no sticks), and if counter-protesters come, be respectful and civil to your fellow Americans, even if they are not. We need the story to be about the message, not anything else, so everyone be on your best behavior."

Since Congress passed the health care law this month, there have been reported threats on both sides. Michael Kelly, president of the tea party group We The People NC, said the protests will be civil.

"We expect the opposition to protest and try to incite violence," he said, "and we intend to remain peaceful about it."</div></div> </div></div>

Thanks for sharing another example of "tea party hate speech."

LWW

DickLeonard
04-02-2010, 09:23 AM
Sack the South should all be picking Cotton.####

LWW
04-02-2010, 09:29 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: DickLeonard</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Sack the South should all be picking Cotton.#### </div></div>

What exactly does that mean?

LWW

sack316
04-02-2010, 09:38 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: DickLeonard</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Sack the South should all be picking Cotton.#### </div></div>

We still do. That's part of that stat some like to throw out about how the south takes in more than it pays out and blah blah blah. So that you can wear some of those clothes you do at an affordable price /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

We grow our crops, make cars, make steel... we do it all down here my friend!

Sack

Gayle in MD
04-03-2010, 06:28 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: sack316</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Steve, wait... you mean to say "grant" is not just magic money that comes from the sky delivered by unicorns with friendly leprechauns riding them? You, sir, have just turned my whole world upside down.

Sack </div></div>

<span style="color: #000066">The government has ALWAYS taken tax payer money to aid enterprise. Why were you guys so silent when your heroes did it? Reagan did it. Bush one and two, both did it. It's been going on since the revolution, for the love of Pete!

All of a suddent, it's socialism????

The schools in North Carolina would already have been closed if not for this president doing what he could to give aid to the states.

None of you wants to admit, this is all a result of Bush. His last month in office, we were over 780,000 in job losses. States were going bankrupt, THEN!

I find the complaints of the right an exercise in extremism and radical thoughts of the same uninformed public which believe that Bush won in 04, eventhough the guy who blocked the Democratic phone lines for him wrote a book called, "How To Through An Election!" and served time in jail!

Some people only believe what is comfortable and supports their view. Facts are facts, and the fact is that the schools and police in N.C. would be inoperable without the government aid from the Federal Government, which, BTW, they get annually, regardless of current emergency circumstances allowed to festor and grow under the incompetence and irresponsibility of George Bush, and the Republican majority.

G. </span>

LWW
04-03-2010, 06:35 AM
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Sev
04-03-2010, 06:58 AM
Hmmmmm.
Obama will be in the south.
Perhaps he'll show us how its done aye Dick???
Perhaps as an encore he'll do some shoe shining and sing us a song.
It'll be good practice for when he is summoned to Beijing.

Oh I forgot. Obama has no slave blood and is therefore not certified black enough. (Got to love Snerdly.) /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

Aw well. Just another white guy with a tan.

I dont understand the bigotry towards the south. The North East and west coast are strangling themselves on their taxes and entitlements and states like TN are growing.
NY state for instance is down from 23 million to 19 million residents and still decreasing. Other NE states are seeing flight as well.

Sev
04-03-2010, 07:01 AM
Some people cant be bought.

Just because the fed gives you money does not mean you have to agree with them doing it.

pooltchr
04-03-2010, 07:05 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Gayle in MD</div><div class="ubbcode-body">The government has ALWAYS taken tax payer money to aid enterprise. Why were you guys so silent when your heroes did it?

<span style="color: #FF0000">It's amazing how you continue to spew this crap as it it's fact. Several of us have, for years, spoken out against the federal government handing out money hand over fist...but you just don't want to admit it. </span>
The schools in North Carolina would already have been closed if not for this president doing what he could to give aid to the states.
<span style="color: #FF0000"> When you don't know what you are talking about, you should probably avoid commenting on a subject. Our schools would have been fine, had the federal government not offered up money with strings attached forcing schools to jump through their hoops in order to get the funding. (think title 9 as a good example)</span>

None of you wants to admit, this is all a result of Bush. His last month in office, we were over 780,000 in job losses. States were going bankrupt, THEN!
<span style="color: #FF0000"> Same old same old. Everything wrong with the country is Bush's fault /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/crazy.gif. Obama told us we could expect no more than 8% unemployment is they passed stimulus. It's been close to 10% for the 14 months he has been in office, while he focused his attention on a healthcare bill nobody wanted! Yesterday's announcement about new jobs included almost 50,000 temporary government jobs (part time) for the census. What will happen in two months when they all get laid off???</span>

uninformed public which believe that Bush won in 04,
<span style="color: #FF0000">Wah wah wah...Earth to Gayle...Bush DID win in '04! Get over it!! </span>

Some people only believe what is comfortable and supports their view.

<span style="color: #FF0000"> We've been telling you that is your problem for a long time. When are you going to wake up?</span>

Facts are facts, and the fact is that the schools and police in N.C. would be inoperable without the government aid from the Federal Government, which, BTW, they get annually, regardless of current emergency circumstances allowed to festor and grow under the incompetence and irresponsibility of George Bush, and the Republican majority.

G. [/color] </div></div>

<span style="color: #FF0000"> I'm sure with your busy schedule that you have taken time to study in great depth the situation with North Carolina's economic situation. And it seems that you have singled out one state, when what is happening here is happening all over the country.
But then, we all know that you are the only person on this forum who can be trusted to provide us with your unique insight on everything, everywhere.
The more you post, the more ignorant you appear.
Steve</span>

Gayle in MD
04-03-2010, 07:29 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: DickLeonard</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Sack the South should all be picking Cotton.#### </div></div>

Dick, here's a good example of the hypocritic posters on here, and in the government, regardling the whole issue of the states taking stimulus, after their representatives voted no, and then went out and attemded ribbon cutting ceremonies, claiming all the credit for the help provided by the Federal Government, and the President's stimulus package!

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Obama criticizes Republicans who opposed stimulus, then claim credit for projects it funded
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Buzz up!ShareThisTwice recently, President Barack Obama has slammed congressional Republicans for voting against his economic stimulus bill in February 2009 but later touting provisions of the bill that benefited their own constituents.

During his Jan. 29, 2010, question-and-answer session with House Republican lawmakers in Baltimore, Obama brought up the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, as the stimulus is officially known:

"There was an interesting headline in CNN today: 'Americans disapprove of stimulus, but like every policy in it.' And there was a poll that showed that if you broke it down into its component parts, 80 percent approved of the tax cuts, 80 percent approved of the infrastructure, 80 percent approved of the assistance to the unemployed. Well, that's what the Recovery Act was. And let's face it, some of you have been at the ribbon-cuttings for some of these important projects in your communities."

Then, on Feb. 2, 2010, Obama riffed on the same theme during a town hall event in New Hampshire:

"I have to point out, though, that some of the very same folks in Congress who opposed the Recovery Act -- and claim that it hasn’t worked -- have been all too happy to claim credit for Recovery Act projects and the jobs those projects have produced. (Applause.) They come to the ribbon-cuttings and ... (laughter). They found a way to have their cake and vote against it, too. (Laughter.)"

We decided that a claim that bold, repeated in two high-profile events within a week's time, was worth a fact-check.

As it turns out, we found several cases in which lawmakers voted against the measure but later claimed credit for provisions or projects stemming from the stimulus bill.

During his Jan. 29, 2010, question-and-answer session with House Republican lawmakers in Baltimore, Obama brought up the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, as the stimulus is officially known:

"There was an interesting headline in CNN today: 'Americans disapprove of stimulus, but like every policy in it.' And there was a poll that showed that if you broke it down into its component parts, 80 percent approved of the tax cuts, 80 percent approved of the infrastructure, 80 percent approved of the assistance to the unemployed. Well, that's what the Recovery Act was. And let's face it, some of you have been at the ribbon-cuttings for some of these important projects in your communities."

Then, on Feb. 2, 2010, Obama riffed on the same theme during a town hall event in New Hampshire:

"I have to point out, though, that some of the very same folks in Congress who opposed the Recovery Act -- and claim that it hasn’t worked -- have been all too happy to claim credit for Recovery Act projects and the jobs those projects have produced. (Applause.) They come to the ribbon-cuttings and ... (laughter). They found a way to have their cake and vote against it, too. (Laughter.)"

We decided that a claim that bold, repeated in two high-profile events within a week's time, was worth a fact-check.

<span style='font-size: 26pt'>As it turns out, we found several cases in which lawmakers voted against the measure but later claimed credit for provisions or projects stemming from the stimulus bill.</span>-- Rep. Don Young of Alaska. Young, who has served in Congress since 1973, sent out two press releases on Feb. 13, 2009, the day the House passed the final version of the stimulus bill.

One was headlined, "Rep. Young Votes NO On Democrats’ Massive Spending Bill." It quotes Young saying, "This bill was not a stimulus bill, it was a vehicle for pet projects, and that’s wrong."

Young's second release of the day was headlined, "Rep. Young Wins Victory For Alaska Small Business." It explains how Young, after lobbying by the Alaska Federation of Natives, targeted a provision from the stimulus bill that would have required competitive bidding for stimulus grants and contracts. The Alaska Natives group said the provision could have hurt its members' ability to benefit from Small Business Administration programs. Young, the release said, "worked with Members on the other side of the aisle to make the case for these programs, and was able to get the provision pulled from the bill."

In the release, Young said that “no matter if I supported this bill or not, I would make sure [Alaska Natives] were not hurt by it."

-- Rep. Geoff Davis of Kentucky. Davis, a three-term congressman, issued a news release on Jan. 28, 2009, the day of the first House vote on the stimulus, in which he was quoted saying that "this so-called ‘stimulus’ legislation is full of pet spending projects that will do very little to restore confidence in our economy or create jobs."

But 11 months later, on Dec. 16, 2009, Davis sent out a release announcing the awarding of a $1 million-plus grant for the Carroll County School District. "Congressman Geoff Davis is pleased to announce that the Carroll County School District has been awarded $1,044,140 in funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) Early Head Start Expansion Program," the release stated. It goes on to say, "In these difficult economic times, it is critical to ensure that vulnerable populations in Kentucky have access to important support services like those provided by the Early Head Start program. This important grant will allow Carroll County School District to expand their ability to provide needed assistance to local low-income families and children. I am very proud of the work that the Carroll County School District is doing to strengthen their community, and I am pleased that our office was able to assist them in obtaining these funds.”

As it happened, on the very same day, Davis sent out a separate release in which he referred to the "failed trillion-dollar 'stimulus' bill."

-- Rep. Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania. Shuster, elected in 2001, is a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. During the stimulus debate, he advocated for targeting the measure more directly toward infrastructure spending. A Jan. 28, 2009, news release from his office said that "President Obama told the American people that he would stimulate our economy by rejuvenating our infrastructure. As a longtime advocate of improving our nation’s infrastructure, Shuster was encouraged by this announcement. Unfortunately, the Democrats in Congress, led by Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi, squandered this historic opportunity to create jobs and strengthen the backbone of our economy in order to fund 40 years of pent-up liberal pet projects."

In November, the Blairsville (Pa.) Dispatch reported that Shuster attended a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new facility at a sewage treatment plant in Blairsville. According to the newspaper, the $12.1 million project was funded in part by federal stimulus money.

-- Rep. Phil Gingrey of Georgia. In a Feb. 13, 2009, news release, Gingrey, a four-term congressman, explained his vote by saying that "this ‘stimulus’ bill only perpetuates the dangerous myth that government spending will fix this economy. ... The truth is government spending will only bury future generations in more debt."

In October, a photograph in the Cedartown (Ga.) Standard showed Gingrey handing over a giant, ceremonial check for $625,000 in stimulus money to municipal leaders. The money was to pay for "new sidewalks, landscaping and other improvements to the downtown area," according to the newspaper. A Gingrey spokeswoman told the Standard that because the project qualified for federal stimulus funds as "shovel-ready," Gingrey "presented the proposal at the federal level."

City commissioner Scott Tillery described Gingrey to the newspaper as "our point man when we need action from the federal government. His staff is always interested and involved in local concerns, and the congressman will use his influence to make a case for his constituents."

-- <span style='font-size: 20pt'>Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina. Burr voted against the stimulus yet appeared in person to present a $2 million-plus stimulus grant to help build a fire station to house the Bethlehem Community Volunteer Fire Department.

"This is a great thing for this county," Burr said, according to the Hickory (N.C.) Daily Record. "We're not accustomed to federal dollars in that magnitude finding their way to North Carolina."

A spokesman for Burr told the Associated Press in October that he wasn't taking credit for the money. "Sen. Burr was invited to the grant presentation by the Alexander County commissioners and was happy to be there to recognize the community and the fire department for their work in securing this highly competitive grant,'' the spokesman said.

In an interview with Politico, Burr added, “Just because I voted against the stimulus doesn’t mean I shouldn’t recognize the merit achievement of an entity.”
</span>None of the four House members cited above responded to a query from PolitiFact. But the spokesman for one senior Republican lawmaker -- House Minority Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia -- did return our call. He argued that the Democratic criticism is overblown.

Cantor, a leading stimulus opponent, has taken heat from Democrats for organizing a job fair whose participating employers benefited from stimulus funding, as well as for helping local officials lobby for stimulus money to support a high-speed rail link between Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Va.

Brad Dayspring, Cantor's spokesman, defended both efforts, saying that, in the first case, the congressman was simply trying to help his unemployed constituents get back to work, and, in the second case, he was continuing his longstanding efforts to boost high-speed rail. Cantor's advocacy on the rail issue dates back a decade, to his tenure in the Virginia legislature.

On the broader question of why Cantor opted not to support the bill, Dayspring said that the congressman made his decision based on his opposition to the vast majority of the bill's provisions. "The bill was so flawed, he voted against it despite his overwhelming support" for the rail provision, Dayspring said. "If you support 1 percent of a bill and oppose 99 percent, are you expected to vote for it?"

Let's return to Obama's claim. The president said that Republicans who voted against the stimulus "have been all too happy to claim credit for Recovery Act projects and the jobs those projects have produced." We found at least two lawmakers -- Young and Davis -- who aggressively criticized the stimulus bill yet sent out a news release touting their own role in helping constituents benefit from the bill. In the meantime, Obama also said that some opponents of the stimulus have "come to the ribbon cuttings" for projects funded by the bill. Shuster, Gingrey and Burr clearly attended such ceremonies. To us, five clear cases are enough to validate the president's assertion that some stimulus opponents have "found a way to have their cake and vote against it, too." We rate Obama's statement True.

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Gayle in MD
04-03-2010, 07:33 AM
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North Carolina Forfeits $400 million in Educational Funding
Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina
919-760-7167
http://www.pefnc.org



North Carolina Forfeits $400 million in Federal Funding

School choice advocates urge legislators to take immediate action during short session



Raleigh, NC — North Carolina learned Monday that it failed to qualify for millions of dollars in the first phase of federal “Race to the Top” funding. The state was selected earlier this month as one of 16 finalists for approximately $400 million in <span style='font-size: 26pt'>federal money after submitting its application in January.</span>Only two states, Delaware and Tennessee, will be awarded first round funding. The administration is expected to make a formal announcement at a press conference scheduled for 1:30 p.m. this afternoon.

Applications were scored on a 500 point scale, 40 of which were directly tied to “successful conditions for charter schools.” The Obama administration repeatedly emphasized that charter restrictions, such as caps, would cost states points.

North Carolina law currently allows for an arbitrary, statewide cap of 100 public charter schools. A House bill was approved during the last legislative session that would have raised the charter cap from 100 to 106, but the bill stalled in the state Senate.

“It is clear to us that this administration is taking choice in education seriously,” said Darrell Allison, President of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina. “We missed a big opportunity, but lawmakers have time during the upcoming short session to position North Carolina more competitively before the second round of applications are due.”

Allison’s group has launched an active statewide campaign to educate policymakers and increase public awareness of charter schools. The group has been organizing tours of public charter schools and running radio advertisements to highlight the need for more competitive, innovative charter laws.

In addition to rewarding states that support public charter schools, the Race to the Top program encourages reform in four areas: college preparedness, student growth and success measurements, teacher/administrator effectiveness, and improving low-performing schools. Applications for the second phase of funding are due June 1, 2010.

About PEFNC:

Founded on July 5, 2005, Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC), a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to finding ways to effectively better an educational system for all children in North Carolina. PEFNC supports all programs that provide parents and children with greater educational options and builds awareness of the need for even more educational options in North Carolina, including an option not currently available to families in our state: the opportunity for families to educate their child privately and/or non-traditionally through tax credit or equal opportunity scholarship programs. For more information, please visit http://www.pefnc.org

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http://ncfreedom.us/2010/03/29/north-carolina-forfeits-400-million-in-educational-funding/

Gayle in MD
04-03-2010, 07:35 AM
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$1.5 MILLION RECOVERY PROJECT CONTRACT AWARDED FOR PERSON COUNTY ROAD IMPROVEMENTS (1/4/2010)
$8.6 MILLION RECOVERY PROJECT CONTRACT AWARDED FOR WIDENING U.S. 401 (1/4/2010)
CONTRACTS TOTALING MORE THAN $65 MILLION AWARDED FOR PROJECTS ACROSS NORTH CAROLINA; Additional $1.3 million recovery contract awarded for Wade Avenue resurfacing in Wake County (10/1/2009)
CONTRACTS TOTALING MORE THAN $65 MILLION AWARDED FOR PROJECTS ACROSS NORTH CAROLINA; Includes $4.9 million to install computerized traffic signal system in Chapel Hill, Carrboro (10/1/2009)
CONTRACTS TOTALING MORE THAN $65 MILLION AWARDED FOR PROJECTS ACROSS NORTH CAROLINA; Includes $7.2 million to resurface U.S. 158 in Northampton Co. (10/1/2009)
CONTRACTS TOTALING MORE THAN $65 MILLION AWARDED FOR PROJECTS ACROSS NORTH CAROLINA; Includes $1.3 million to improve N.C. 86 in Caswell County (10/1/2009)
17 CONTRACTS TOTALING MORE THAN $65 MILLION AWARDED FOR FERRY, HIGHWAY PROJECTS ACROSS NORTH CAROLINA (10/1/2009)
17 CONTRACTS TOTALING MORE THAN $65 MILLION AWARDED FOR FERRY, HIGHWAY PROJECTS ACROSS NORTH CAROLINA (10/1/2009)
17 CONTRACTS TOTALING MORE THAN $65 MILLION AWARDED FOR FERRY, HIGHWAY PROJECTS ACROSS NORTH CAROLINA (10/1/2009)
NCDOT AWARDS $10.3 MILLION IN CONTRACTS FOR GUILFORD COUNTY ROADS; INCLUDES $1.5 MILLION RECOVERY PROJECT (8/31/2009)
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« Prev1/ 5Next »ARRA Employment DataNCDOT has collected employment data for all active recovery projects since March 2009. The link below provides a month-by-month total of workers employed by recovery projects to date, as well as the hours worked and payroll for each project. Click here for the ARRA Employment Data.

Approved ProjectsAfter President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law Feb. 17, 2009, NCDOT learned it would receive $838 million in federal funding - $735 million for highway and bridge improvements and $103 million for transit. The legislation requires states to obligate the first half of funding within 120 days of receipt, and the remaining half to projects within a year.

The overarching goal of the ARRA is to create and sustain jobs for a wide range of industry partners throughout the state, meaning the projects ultimately selected must be diverse in size, type and geography.

As of Jan. 1, 2010, the department had advertised 294 contracts representing $577,773,914 in ARRA funding. Of these, 239 have been awarded and 158 are currently under construction across the state. Approximately 48 of the 294 contracts awarded are anticipated to be complete by March 1.

Bids have been coming in about 22 percent, or $100 million, lower than estimated, allowing NCDOT to stretch funds further. Being proactive, additional projects have been programmed that may be funded because of lower than expected costs.

For a complete list of projects identified to date, click here.
For more information on when specific projects will be let, visit our Project Letting page.
Highway and Bridge Projects
To date, 325 highway and bridge projects have been identified totaling an estimated $775 million in ARRA funds. Contracts for many of these projects will continue to be awarded until July 2010.
Low bids have enabled the department to program more than $100 million in additional projects.
Transit Projects
Of the $103 million in transit funding NCDOT received, $70.5 million was distributed to 17 urbanized areas.
Another $5.1 million in funds were identified for transit instead of highway use by two Metropolitan Planning Organizations -- Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro and Capital Area (Raleigh). The money will enable these systems to increase their level of customer service and safety, construct maintenance and administrative transit facilities, and purchase buses, including hybrid electric buses.
Ninety-two percent of the available ARRA funds for urbanized areas were obligated in grants by Sept. 1, 2009.
To date, $24 million has been awarded for projects in rural areas by the Federal Transit Administration. These funds are administered by NCDOT.
For a complete list of projects identified to date, click on Rural and Urban.

Recovery Project Selection ProcessIn an effort to be proactive, NCDOT began working to identify candidate projects in November 2008.
Most projects have already been approved as part of Statewide Transportation Improvement Program. Amendments are being made to the STIP and Metropolitan TIPs as needed.
Project sources include:
Potential deferred six-month let list;
Out year and unfunded STIP projects; and
Division-managed projects (including safety, mobility and infrastructure deficiencies);
Among the criteria used to select projects includes:
Could be obligated within 120 days of bill signing;
Reasonably meet three-year project completion;
Role in meeting the department’s mission and goals of safety, mobility and infrastructure health;
Equity formula distribution; and
Priority was given to economically distressed areas.
After looking at these factors, the list was evaluated for:
Ability to sustain and create jobs for a wide range of industry partners throughout the state, and
Diversity in size, type and geography.
NCDOT collaborated with metro and rural planning organizations and industry partners to determine priorities in each area.
The majority of the projects had already been delayed due to lack of funding.
Southeast High-Speed RailNorth Carolina is receiving $545 million in ARRA funding to further develop the Southeast High-Speed Rail Corridor, a nearly 500-mile route that will allow trains to travel between Charlotte and Washington, D.C. at top speeds of up to 90-110 miles per hour and an average speed of 86 mph. Click on the video below to watch the announcement being made during a ceremony at the newly renovated Durham train station on Jan. 28.



The project is expected to create or maintain 4,800 private sector jobs in North Carolina and provide environmental and energy benefits through reduced congestion and improved air quality.
Of the $545 million, $520 million will fund improvements that will enable higher track speeds along the corridor between Raleigh and Charlotte, and $25 million will fund projects to improve the reliability of existing service from Raleigh north to Virginia.
Since USDOT designated Charlotte to Washington, D.C. as a high-speed rail corridor in 1992, NCDOT has invested more than $300 million in the state’s intercity passenger rail service to pave the way for high-speed service.
Additional information is available at http://www.bytrain.org and on this rail fact sheet.
Useful LinksThe following links contain information regarding the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and transportation infrastructure improvements:

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
American Public Transportation Association
N.C. Office of Economic Recovery and Investment (NCrecovery.gov)
Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor
U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Transit Administration
Federal Highway Administration
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<span style="color: #000066">LMAO! Looks like North Carolina didn't have any qualms about speniding all that unamerican stimulus money!

BWA HA HA HA....WHAT A CROCK! </span>

LWW
04-03-2010, 08:53 AM
Isn't it a shame that the govt of SC doesn't see this as well as their citizens seem to?

LWW