Exclusive: Biden to join Perdue for stimulus announcement

Vice President Joe Biden will be in Georgia on Thursday to make an stimulus-related announcement with Gov. Sonny Perdue, the vice president’s office told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sunday.

Few details were available Sunday but would be released in the coming days, Biden’s office said. President Barack Obama, who championed the stimulus act, has charged Biden with overseeing its implementation.

“We are looking forward to Vice President Biden’s visit on Thursday,” Perdue communications director Bert Brantley said. “He was very gracious to come to Georgia during the aftermath of the flooding earlier this year, including spending time at a shelter talking with families that lost their homes. We are glad to welcome him here this week under better circumstances to announce some good news for our state.”

Brantley said the vice president’s office would release details about the announcement later this week.

Georgia has received nearly $7 billion from the federal law known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, of which $3.8 billion has already been spent.

Federal records show the $787 billion stimulus act has created nearly 25,000 jobs in Georgia. But an AJC investigation in November found that number to be overstated by at least 1,500.

A major impact of the stimulus in Georgia has been to plug massive holes in the state budget. The state is using an estimated $1.4 billion in stimulus funds in its current budget, according to the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute. That created or saved 13,000 jobs in the state, the institute said in a report last week.

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December 13th, 2009
9:33 pm

Free money! Get your free money! Passing it out like candy. Nobody thinking about having to pay it all back.


December 13th, 2009
9:53 pm

We need it to stimulate the economy and create new jobs, so that the unemployment rate can decrease. I feel badly for all the people who have lost jobs due to our weak economy from 2000-2008. PLEASE STIMULATE THE US ECONOMY ASAP!


December 13th, 2009
10:16 pm

Can you with a straight face name one job that was created? That was not in the govermental sector?


December 13th, 2009
10:23 pm

Goergia and Sonny Rethugs really don’t want to accept the money, but have to appease the voters for Rethugs Statewide re-elections. What a baldhead wizard move! Not


December 13th, 2009
10:29 pm

After maintaining or creating 25,000 jobs, the Rethugs will cry foul to 1500 jobs! What FOX so-called “PinHeads”. Over the last two years when the Rethugs were in charge the US lost 700,000 jobs per month. Unbelieveable

JD in Marietta

December 13th, 2009
10:54 pm

I drove through Alpharetta, Roswell and Johns Creek the other day and I saw 3 signs that were posted highlighting the fact that the road improvements were due to the American Recovery and Investment Act, yet I didn’t see a single instance of any road improvements. As the current administration has shown, results of the TARP bill are false, inaccurate and inflated. The only jobs this stimulus bill has created in metro Atlanta is for the team of 2 guys it takes to put these fake signs in the ground.


December 13th, 2009
11:06 pm

Those 3 signs you mention ARE Obama’s plan. Each sign cost $1,500.00 and $100.00 to install. The sign co. got the work to make them and the GDOT got the money to put them on the side of the road. Now, don’t you feel like you’re on the road to RecoverY????????? HAHAHAHA-THE JOKES ON US.


December 13th, 2009
11:16 pm

Hey Sonny, do you remember “When you said that Ford was on its death bed”? Its seems like to me that its the state of Ga. that’s on the death bed. Tell me Mr. Governor, what have you done for metro Atlanta lately huh”? You brought Kia here but how many people from Metro Atlanta have gotten hired by them? Oh go ahead and say we don’t want the money but yet the state is broke. What are you going to do raise taxes or layoff even more people. This is a total mess created by people of greed and its has fell on the backs of decent people who just want to work for a living. I suggest you go kiss whoever butt and bring jobs back to this state.


December 13th, 2009
11:49 pm

“make an stimulus-related announcement” – Is that proper?


December 14th, 2009
2:08 am

It’s interesting that people want to complain about deficits now. These same people were SILENT to Bush’s war on Terror and how many bills were being made for the benefit of a FOREIGN nation. At least with the money given for the restoration of Germany and Japan we made some trade partners. What are we getting for Iraq and Afghanistan? As far having to pay money back.. Would you rather the whole system collapse and then attempt to restart it with NO money!? Regrettable the Government has to run deficits but until private investors are ready to start investing again.. The Republicans offered NOTHING but the same old with TAX credits. Which didn’t work before and will NOT work this time. We are in trouble now because of lack of TAX reserves!! It seems some people will not be happy till we return to the era of Hoovervilles! Sadly in some states like California we have seen that!

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December 14th, 2009
6:53 am

Thank you to the Democrates for saving jobs!!!

Stand Waitie

December 14th, 2009
7:50 am

A governor has to do what a governor has to do, but I don’t believe for a second that Sonny has ever been anything but a democrat. Like paying higher prices for natural gas? Send a thank you note to Sonny and his crew for making that happen when he was in the State Senate. Like the fact that he lied about a vote on the State Flag? Send a thank you note to Sonny.


December 14th, 2009
8:08 am

Gripe, gripe, gripe, gripe. That’s a southern tradition. Here’s a billion dollars. Gripe, gripe, gripe, gripe.

Aaron Gould Sheinin

December 14th, 2009
10:48 am

Joe, as in proper English? I think so. I suppose I could have said “an announcement related to the federal stimulus package” or something like that, but it seems awkward. Or more awkward anyway.

Aaron Gould Sheinin

December 14th, 2009
10:50 am

I can’t personally, but you can go to recovery.gov and look up all the jobs created in Georgia. At least the ones that have paperwork showing they were related to the stimulus.


December 14th, 2009
10:56 am

You people that are complaining should go talk to people who lived through the depression, or know those children, elderly, poor, depressed etc. who didn’t make it through the depression. The ARRA has saved the economy from collapsing, all of our jobs, for those that still have them, are incumbant on a stable economy.

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December 14th, 2009
4:16 pm

Great! “Free” borrowed money from a bankrupt federal government. The people running DC are completely insane.


December 14th, 2009
6:35 pm

Yes, it is ironic that this clamor was less abundant during the rampant spending of the last administration. What’s more amusing is all the armchair economic analysis. As if the individuals attempting to right the ship are in fact oblivious to the deficit. Or as if the government is expected to mitigate with much other than government spending. If you want more private economic activity, go implore the private sector. But of course it’s always easier to hyper-simplify the dynamics and spend more time making ourselves sound good with tired sound bites.


December 15th, 2009
1:59 pm

Sonny has his hand out for fed funds while state revenues plummet.What a hypocrite.

Educated Mom

December 16th, 2009
7:01 am

This money comes with many strings attached. Read the regs, which are posted online. You must tie student performance to teacher and principals and have an “equity distribution” of effective teachers. If GA accepts this funding it will be the demise of public education in GA.

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