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Governor says area can use stimulus cash

April 21, 2009
By MIRIAM MOELLER Journal Staff Writer and The Associated Press

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MARQUETTE - Gov. Jennifer Granholm pointed to Bill Rajaniemi of Negaunee as one person who's already taking advantage of the many benefits of the federal Recovery Act.

Rajaniemi used weatherization grants -part of the legislative package signed by President Barack Obama in February -to make his home more energy efficient.

Calling the act "the largest investment increase in America's roads, bridges and mass transit in 50 years" and "the most significant expansion in tax cuts for low and moderate income households ever," Granholm gave a presentation at Peter White Public Library to community members Monday afternoon. She has been promoting the plan around the state. Asking area residents such as Rajaniemi to share their stories, Granholm encouraged Upper Peninsula residents to take advantage of the many benefits offered.

"Four-hundred dollar tax cuts for workers earning less than $75,000," she said. "We've got enormous benefits for you."

Granholm said the estimated $18 billion benefit will come to Michigan residents in the form of existing programs, competitive grants and tax cuts.

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Marquette County will see $6.6 million worth of road repair projects, Granholm said, and small business owners can take advantage of a statewide $1.4 billion business tax cut.

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