The Stimulus Bill, One Year Later

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The White House says the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has created or saved some 160,000 jobs in New York state, and another 65,000 in New Jersey.

The jobs numbers come on the first anniversary of the stimulus bill. They're based not on actual jobs -- which has been hard to calculate -- but on economic models. And most of the jobs come not from new infrastructure projects, but from jobs saved because the states got so much help closing 2009 budget gaps.

According to a report issued by Gov. David Paterson, individual New Yorkers also got financial tourniquets, with $3 billion in unemployment benefits already distributed and $440 million in food stamps. Meanwhile, the governor says some 444 road projects have been approved, and almost all will be underway this spring.

So what changes is the stimulus bill bringing to New York and other cities? WNYC’s Andrea Bernstein, Matthew Schuerman and other reporters taking part in  public radio's new "Transportation Nation" reporting project journey to the subways of New York, the snowy intersections of Minnesota and the tunnels of California to track the effects of the stimulus bill on transportation around the U.S.

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