FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 20, 2009
Contact: Jake Rubin
KAGEN ANNOUNCES RECOVERY ACT FUNDS FOR GREEN BAY
(GREEN BAY, WI) Congressman Steve Kagen, M.D. is proud to announce that the City of Green Bay Transit System will receive $ 2,900,000 through the Recovery Act.
“I am working hard to bring our tax dollars back to Wisconsin – improving our communities, and investing in technology that will help to build a better future for all of us,” said Kagen. “By investing these Recovery Act Funds here in Green Bay we are saving the taxpayers money.”
The projects will be funded through the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration who approved the funding for the purchase of four heavy-duty buses, a new fare collection system, a GPS location system, three hybrid support staff vehicles, a new two-way radio system to replace obsolete radios and replacements for other worn and outdated equipment.
In July, Congressman Kagen announced similar funding for the City of Appleton, a $1,477,900 grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the purchase of hybrid electrical buses, capital items, roof replacement, passenger shelters, fare boxes and route signs.
Already this week, several projects in Northeast Wisconsin have been funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Yesterday in Rhinelander, Governor Jim Doyle announced two projects: $460,000 will be used to upgrade a local fire station and $32.9 million will be used for constructing the city’s new wastewater system. On Tuesday, Congressman Kagen announced that $845,000 will be allocated for projects in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.
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.
“The Recovery Act is doing what it was designed to do: rebuilding our infrastructure, protecting our natural resources and supporting key industries in Northeast Wisconsin. We have taken action to put our nation on the road to economic recovery. Everyone understands these actions will take time to succeed, but we are moving in the right direction,” said Kagen.