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MASSACHUSETTS

www.mass.gov/recovery

As of October 13, 2009: 

Agency Reported Data:

 

Rank:

Funds Announced

$5,367,615,540

13

Funds Available

$6,470,956,260

10

Funds Paid Out

$2,861,838,610

12

 

 

 

Recipient Reported Data:

 

Rank:

Number of Awards

106

19

Funds Awarded

$335,241,953

14

Funds Awarded Per Capita

$52

15

Funds Received

$47,616,167

15

Jobs Created / Saved

584

17

Unemployment Rate

9.3

19


Notes: All Rankings are from Highest to Lowest.  For example, a ranking of 15 for “Funds Announced” means that the state had the 15th highest amount of funds announced. A ranking of 15 for the unemployment rate means that this state has the 15th highest unemployment rate.       

Terms defined by http://www.recovery.gov/

Recipient Reported Data: These data are based on data submitted by federal contract recipients to www.federalreporting.gov between Oct. 1 and Oct. 10, 2009.  On Oct. 30, 2009, the final recipient federal contract data and the final data on grants and loans will be available. It is collected and updated quarterly.

Agency Reported Data: These data are based on weekly Financial and Activity Reports filed by federal agencies receiving Recovery Act Funds.

Funds Announced: Funds that have been publicly announced as available to entities outside of the federal government.  Not all available funds are announced publicly. For example, the funds going to a project started prior to the Recovery Act that are commingled with the project’s Recovery funds will not be announced publicly before being made available to a recipient. The Funds Announced figure should not be viewed as the total funding that an agency has made available.

Funds Available (Obligation): The term used to describe when an agency informs the public of the release of money to recipients either immediately or in the future.  

Funds Awarded: This is the amount of contract dollars that will be made available to recipients. 

Funds Paid Out: Funds that have been released from a federal agency to a recipient. 

Funds Received:The amount of money each recipient received from a federal award. 

 

Recent Updates:

Based on federal contract data released October 15th on Recovery.gov, Massachusetts created or saved 584 jobs with stimulus-funded projects, ranking it 17th among 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The data is based on information provided by 5,200 federal contract recipients, who split $16 billion in federal stimulus money. It’s estimated that 30,383 jobs nationwide were created or saved by these projects. But the figures represent only about 2 percent of the $787 billion Recovery Act. The contracts were for work ranging from small park repairs to multi-billion-dollar nuclear cleanups, USA Today reported. Reports covering a much bigger chunk of the stimulus are expected to be released by the end of October.

A report by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center released on October 14th said the Commonwealth has spent more than $4.3 billion of the $17.7 billion in federal stimulus funds it received to help offset budget shortfalls, provide tax reductions and fund construction projects. The report said those stimulus funds saved or created 27,400 jobs. The Center’s report is one of the first attempts by an independent organization to document the effects of the stimulus in the state, the Boston Globe reported.

The MBPC report came after U.S. Representative James Oberstar, who chairs the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, strongly rebuked Governor Deval Patrick in October for being slow in deploying $437 million in federal highway funds from the Recovery Act. Oberstar told Patrick that Massachusetts ranks 49th in the nation in putting highway stimulus money to work, committing only 23 percent of its funds so far. Seven months after receiving the $437 million in federal highway funds, Massachusetts had only about $99 million in construction work underway as of Aug. 31. By contrast, New Hampshire had 78 percent and Maine 67 percent.  But aides to Patrick said Oberstar’s assessment ignores the Patrick administration’s effort to concentrate funds on larger projects that generate spinoff work and stimulate the creation of permanent jobs, the Boston Globe reported.

 

Previous Updates:

 

Executive Branch

In December, the governor established several Project Delivery Task Forces led by the lieutenant governor and members of the cabinet. Task forces were charged with reviewing and developing projects that are shovel-ready, the final reports are available at www.mass.gov/recovery. This central Web site will allow for openness and transparency. Jeffrey Simon, director of infrastructure investment, will lead the economic recovery infrastructure program.

State Certification Letters

Press releases     

 

Memorandum of Understanding Between the Executive Office of Administraton and Finance and the Architectural Access Board Relative to an Expedited Variance Process for Projects Funding through ARRA- March 23, 2009
Gov. Patrick: What Federal Stimulus Means for Massachusetts Testimony before Joint Ways & Means Committee, March 3, 2009
Task Force Results
Update: Massachusetts and the Amercian Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 - Office of the Governor, Feb. 27, 2009

Legislative Branch

The Senate president and House speaker recently announced the formation of the Special Standing Committee on Federal Stimulus Oversight. The committee will coordinate legislative efforts to maximize their use of the stimulus funds.

Contact
Sen. Marc Pacheco
Chair
Room 312-B, State House
Boston, MA 02133
(617) 722-1551

Two members of the Massachusetts legislature have also created a central email addressthrough which citizens can report questionable spending in the state from the federal stimulus funds. Citizen watchdogs are encouraged to report wasteful spending, fraudulent appropriations and questionable initiatives and send reports, concerns, photos and comments to the address.

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