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Fri September 16, 2011
Mayor McGinn calls on Congress to support Obama's jobs plan
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn wants Congress to put aside partisanship and pass President Obama's $450 billion American Jobs Act.
If passed, it could mean big bucks for the state of Washington; The federal government could fund up to $1.8 billion worth of public works projects that it says, would create jobs and improve infrastructure.
Here's a breakdown of how the money would be applied:
- $741 million to invest in highways, transit, rail and aviation. This could support a minimum of 9,600 jobs
- $628 million would keep teachers, police and firefighters on the job
- $365 million to update and build new schools. This could support up to 4,700 jobs
- Up to $20 million would be available through competitive grants to revitalize local communities
- Washington could receive up to $84 million in funding for community colleges