KEYC-TV reports in Stimulus Bill Included One-time Payment for 55 Million:
The U.S. Government is hoping to stimulate the economy with the help of nearly 55 million Americans...Fox Mankato's Carly Aplin explains how funds from the Stimulus plan could be coming straight to your mailbox.Michael Carey says, "It'll be a little bit of help..."Michael Carey is one of nearly 55 million Americans who will receive a check for 250 dollars from the government... but Mike says although he's grateful for money... it won't go very far...Michael Carey says, "It'll be a grocery bill for a week."
Lawmakers say the Stimulus Plan provides for the one-time payment of 250 dollars to individuals who get Supplemental Security Income, Social Security, or veteran's disability benefits.Meredith Salsbery says, "Those are people least able to go out and maybe get a second job in the economy where the prices are going up and folks are hurting and they're less likely to get the extra income."Mike says the extra income will help him and his wife buy things they've put off purchasing because of the economy... adding it only makes sense to give taxpayer dollars back to the people.Michael Carey says, "The economy is people having jobs, getting money, spending it buying things manufacturers make... it's just a revolving cycle..."
And that's exactly what Congressman Tim Walz's District Director Meredith Salsbery says they are hoping to see happen once the checks come in the mail...
Meredith Salsbery says, "They say that for every dollar that does into the economy that dollar gets used seven times, it goes to pay an employee, and turns around and use it at a car dealership and so it goes right into our local economy here."In Mankato, Carly Aplin, the Fox Mankato News at Nine.Those eligible are already prequalified for the payment and will receive it by late May or mid June.
The Albert Lea Tribune reports Walz announces additional airport grants. the article notes:
First District Congressman Tim Walz on Friday announced Albert Lea will receive more than $3 million in federal economic stimulus funds to relocate the main runway at the Albert Lea Municipal Airport.
The announcement follows a grant of $550,000 in stimulus funds awarded last week to rehabilitate the airport’s crosswind runway.
“The city of Albert Lea is pleased to receive this grant, which will expedite work on our airport’s runway expansion,” Albert Lea Mayor Mike Murtaugh said in a release from Walz’s office. “We’re also hoping this may give us the flexibility to consider a concrete surface rather than asphalt, which will result in a longer life cycle and reduced maintenance in future years.”
City Engineer Steven Jahnke said in an interview earlier this month that the city already had $2.1 million in federal funds for projects at the airport, while the total cost to relocate the runway and overlay the cross runway is estimated to be between $6 and $9 million, Jahnke said. . .
Photo: Albert Lea's Airport