Stimulus Plan Could Mean 171K Jobs for Region

D.C. may only see net of 12,000 jobs

The White House estimates that the economic stimulus package will create or save 171,000 jobs in the District, Maryland and Virginia over the next two years.

Overall, the $789 billion could generate or save 3.5 million jobs over the next two years, with more than 90 percent of those jobs coming in the private sector.

Breaking down the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act by the numbers, it is thought that 12,000 jobs will be created or save in the District.  In Maryland that number is 66,000.  The amount of jobs in Virginia has been projected to be 93,000.

Which state is expected to win the jobs race?  California, by a long show.  The estimated effect of the stimulus plan has been pegged at 396,000 jobs.  Texas comes in at No. 2 with 269,000, followed by New York (215,000) and Florida (206,000).

For a complete state-by-state breakdown, click here.

Smithsonian Gets Paid

The Smithsonian Institution is poised to receive $25 million of the $787 billion to help repair existing facilities, even though that number at one point had been a lot higher.

A House version of the bill had included $150 million for the Smithsonian to tackle its $2.5 billion backlog on maintenance for its 19 museums, the National Zoo and numerous research centers. That number was slashed to $75 million in the Senate, and again to $25 million in a compromise agreement passed Friday.

The stimulus package also includes $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts to help struggling arts groups in every state.

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