FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 24, 2009
Contact: Jake Rubin
KAGEN APPLAUDS RECOVERY ACT FUNDING FOR APPLETON
(APPLETON, WI) Congressman Steve Kagen, M.D. is proud to announce that the U.S. Department of Transportation will give the City of Appleton a $1,477,900 grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The money is for the purchase of hybrid electrical buses, capital items, roof replacement, passenger shelters, fare boxes and route signs.
“Public transportation improves our environment by reducing the number of harmful pollutants in the air. These smaller hybrid buses are not only good for the environment, but will also help us in our efforts to continue to find new and better ways to serve our community. We are grateful to Congressman Kagen for his continued support of transit in Northeast Wisconsin,” said Deborah S. Wetter, General Manager of Valley Transit.
Over $10 million in transportation funding has been allocated to the 8th Congressional District through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
“I am working hard to bring our tax dollars back to Wisconsin. We have taken action to put our nation on the road to economic recovery. Everyone understands these actions will take time to succeed. We are moving in the right direction – improving our communities, reducing our dependence on foreign oil and investing in technology that will help to build a better future for all of us,” said Kagen.
The Wisconsin Office of Recovery and Reinvestment has determined that individuals and households in counties in the 8th Congressional District will receive approximately $222,130,084 in total tax relief under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Earlier this week, Kagen affirmed his commitment to fiscal responsibility by voting for the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act which requires Congress to offset the costs of tax cuts or increases in entitlement spending with savings elsewhere in the budget.