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Boucher supports stimulus

Ninth District Congressman Rick Boucher says some $26 billion in funds that can help Southwest Virginia are part of the reason he chose to put his support behind President Barack Obama’s stimulus plan.
Boucher said he began working with Obama’s transition team and members of the House Appropriations Committee "almost the day after the election" to determine what should be in the American Recover and Reinvestment Act.
He said he was pleased the final plan included the three categories he had suggested: funding for broadband deployment to rural America, water and wastewater facilities and school construction.
Boucher said it is crucial that broadband services be expanded in order to make high speed internet available to rural America. He said the stimulus package includes $7.2 billion for that purpose.
"Studies all show that a very rapid return is provided in terms of enhanced business activity when broadband connections are provided," he said. "(Short term) jobs are created to build the infrastructure, (medium term) existing businesses are enhanced and expanded, and (long term) the area becomes more attractive to economic development."
He noted that virtually any business today requires broadband service, adding that it is as important in the 21st Century as the telephone and electricity was 100 years ago.
"The same kind of efforts that went into deploying electricity and telephone service should be applied to broadband today," he said. With this funding, broadband would be brought to communities like Snowville and Hiwassee.
"It would build a good foundation for long-term economic growth," he added.
Boucher said $10 billion included in the stimulus package would be used to expand and improve water and wastewater facilities. He said that is another measure that is important for economic growth.
He noted that these funds can be used for projects like the Commerce Park off Route 100 at Dublin. Boucher recently announced $3 million had been approved to upgrade water and wastewater services to the regional industrial park to give it more broad appeal.
Without the upgrade, the park is not capable of supplying sufficient water and sewer service to attract industries, such as food processors, that use large amounts of water in their production.
"It’s primarily rural areas that need the services," he said.
Finally, Boucher pointed out that the plan contains $8.8 billion for school construction and modernization.
"Just about every county in my district is in need of construction or renovation of $20 million to $80 million," he said. "It’s an unfunded need and most of our localities simply cannot meet these needs without some help."
Boucher noted that the funds applied to each area he recommended are funds that will benefit the entire nation. In other words, the $10 billion for water and wastewater facilities will be divided among the nation, not just in Virginia or the Ninth District.

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Boucher supports stimulus

Ninth District Congressman Rick Boucher says some $26 billion in funds that can help Southwest Virginia are part of the reason he chose to put his support behind President Barack Obama’s stimulus plan.
Boucher said he began working with Obama’s transition team and members of the House Appropriations Committee "almost the day after the election" to determine what should be in the American Recover and Reinvestment Act.
He said he was pleased the final plan included the three categories he had suggested: funding for broadband deployment to rural America, water and wastewater facilities and school construction.
Boucher said it is crucial that broadband services be expanded in order to make high speed internet available to rural America. He said the stimulus package includes $7.2 billion for that purpose.
"Studies all show that a very rapid return is provided in terms of enhanced business activity when broadband connections are provided," he said. "(Short term) jobs are created to build the infrastructure, (medium term) existing businesses are enhanced and expanded, and (long term) the area becomes more attractive to economic development."
He noted that virtually any business today requires broadband service, adding that it is as important in the 21st Century as the telephone and electricity was 100 years ago.
"The same kind of efforts that went into deploying electricity and telephone service should be applied to broadband today," he said. With this funding, broadband would be brought to communities like Snowville and Hiwassee.
"It would build a good foundation for long-term economic growth," he added.
Boucher said $10 billion included in the stimulus package would be used to expand and improve water and wastewater facilities. He said that is another measure that is important for economic growth.
He noted that these funds can be used for projects like the Commerce Park off Route 100 at Dublin. Boucher recently announced $3 million had been approved to upgrade water and wastewater services to the regional industrial park to give it more broad appeal.
Without the upgrade, the park is not capable of supplying sufficient water and sewer service to attract industries, such as food processors, that use large amounts of water in their production.
"It’s primarily rural areas that need the services," he said.
Finally, Boucher pointed out that the plan contains $8.8 billion for school construction and modernization.
"Just about every county in my district is in need of construction or renovation of $20 million to $80 million," he said. "It’s an unfunded need and most of our localities simply cannot meet these needs without some help."
Boucher noted that the funds applied to each area he recommended are funds that will benefit the entire nation. In other words, the $10 billion for water and wastewater facilities will be divided among the nation, not just in Virginia or the Ninth District.

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