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Oklahoma to Receive $8 Million for Road Projects
Oklahoma is set to receive millions of dollars in unspent earmarks for infrastructure projects. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Friday Oklahoma would receive $8 million out of $473 million being sent to all 50-states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The Obama Administration said it won't allow infrastructure money to sit without being spent as a result of stalled earmark projects. “My administration will continue to do everything we can to put Americans back to work,” said President Barack Obama. “We’re not going to let politics stand between construction workers and good jobs repairing our roads and bridges.” “We’re releasing these funds so Oklahoma can get down to the business of moving transportation projects forward and putting our friends and neighbors back to work,” said Secretary LaHood. Oklahoma has several projects to obligate the newly received money before work can start. State leaders have until October 1 to identify the projects and must obligate them by December 31, 2012.
“Particularly in these difficult fiscal times, Oklahoma will be able to put these dollars to good use,” said Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez. “These funds will create jobs in the short term and help bring about what President Obama called ‘an America built to last.’”
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Posted: Friday, August 17 2012, 01:26 PM CDT
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Oklahoma governor establishes disaster relief fund
May 21, 2013 20:57 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has established a disaster relief fund to help with the long-term medical, emotional and educational needs of victims of tornados that have ravaged central Oklahoma in recent days.
Fallin said Tuesday she established the OK Disaster Relief Fund in conjunction with the United Way of Central Oklahoma. The fund is designed to help victims of a tornado that struck Moore on Monday, killing at least 24 people, and another that struck Shawnee on Sunday and left two people dead.
Fallin says Oklahomans are grateful for the global outpouring of support following the devastating tornadoes. She says the support will help meet many of the short-term needs of victims. But the governor says victims also face long-term challenges that the new disaster relief fund will help meet.
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