|HARTFORD – Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman, ID-Conn., convened a field hearing at the Learning Corridor Tuesday to emphasize Connecticut’s $2.9 billion share of the stimulus bill and reinforce the need for close oversight of that spending.
The hearing, entitled "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: Making the Economic Stimulus Work for Connecticut," is part of a series of hearings the Senator is conducting in relation to the Committee’s governmental oversight responsibilities.
“I worked closely with the Administration and Congressional leaders for this stimulus money to help the state weather these difficult economic times,” Lieberman said. “The nearly $3 billion in funding Connecticut is eligible for will preserve and create thousands of jobs and help provide a safety net for those suffering the most right now. For this money to have maximum impact, we must ensure it is spent quickly and effectively, and that is the purpose of this hearing.”
The Senator has held two hearings in Washington, D.C., and plans more, to monitor oversight of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act spending to ensure a minimum of waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement.
The $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was signed into law by President Obama February 17, 2009. Millions of dollars of Connecticut’s share have already been obligated. For example, the state will receive:
• $1.3 billion in matching funds for Medicaid
• $765 million for Title I education funding, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act funding, and the State Stabilization Fund
• $137.5 million for transit programs
• $105 million to replace Niantic River Bridge on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor
• $100 million for weatherization and other energy projects
• $48 million for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund program
• $25 million in guaranteed housing loans
• $24.5 million for energy projects
• $20 million for first responder and criminal justice programs
The overall $2.9 billion share for Connecticut does not include millions of dollars in tax reductions for which the citizens of Connecticut will be eligible.
Hearing witnesses were Robert L. Genuario, Secretary of the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management, John P. Yrchik, Ph.D. , Executive Director of the Connecticut Education Association; Stephen A. Frayne, Senior Vice President for Health Policy at the Connecticut Hospital Association; Sharon D. Langer, Senior Policy Fellow at Connecticut Voices for Children.