The Recovery Act invested millions in new projects that are improving our infrastructue, repairing homes, and much more. But it also provided millions in direct benefits for families, students, businesses, investors, and more including more than $288 million in various forms of tax relief. Guidance on how to access each of those benefits is below.
The prolonged economic recession that began two years ago has had a profound impact on the nation. While Texas had fared better than some states, it is not immune to the rising unemployment and financial woes seen by the country as a whole. As Texas and the nation work to recover from the recession, RecoveryForTexas.org aims to provide news and analysis for policymakers and the public.
For the most part, the efforts to revive the economy and help people make it through the recession come in the form of federal legislation, particularly the American recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. RecoveryForTexas.org aims to connect people in Texas with the direct benefits of that law—job training, unemployment insurance, Medicaid, etc.— while reporting on its overall effects on the State’s budget, infrastructure, schools, and more.
RecoveryForTexas.org is funded by the Open Society Institute. Participating groups include Texas Impact, Texans Together, Public Citizen, Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club, La Fe Policy Research & Education Center, Texans for Public Justice, and the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP).