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March 30, 2009

Cisco aims to get some federal stimulus money

Filed under: Cisco,Stimulus,US — 7macaw @ 1:36 pm
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Cisco Systems expects $47 billion of the federal stimulus money will be spent on technology.

Cisco’s fair share? About $1 billion, said Cisco’s senior vice president Bruce Klein during a visit to the company’s Research Triangle Park site Friday. Klein, based in Virginia, is responsible for making sure Cisco gets that share of the money.

Businesses like Cisco can’t receive the federal money directly, but only through projects financed by stimulus funds that are paid to local and state agencies. Toward that end, Klein put together nine teams across the company to pore over government documents and identify business opportunities with local governments, school districts, state agencies, university systems and health care organizations.

Source: News & Observer. Thanks anon for the tip.

February 13, 2009

Caterpillar CEO Contradicts Obama on Rehiring

Obama has said twice in the past few days that Caterpillar CEO James Owens indicated his company would be able to rehire some of the 20,000 recently laid-off employees. “Yesterday, Jim, the head of Caterpillar, said that if Congress passes our plan, this company will be able to rehire some of the folks who were just laid off,” Obama said in Peoria.

But when asked if the stimulus could do that, Owens said, “I think, realistically, no. The honest reality is we’re probably going to have more layoffs before we start hiring again.

Source: ABC News

January 4, 2009

Obama Considers Major Expansion in Aid to Jobless

According to NYTimes: “President-elect Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats are considering major expansions of government-assisted health care insurance and unemployment compensation as they begin intensive work this week on a two-year economic recovery package.”

“Other policy changes would subsidize employers’ expenses for temporarily continuing health insurance coverage to laid-off and retired workers and their dependents, as mandated under a 22-year-old federal law known as Cobra, and allow workers who lose jobs that did not come with insurance benefits to be eligible, for the first time, to apply for Medicaid coverage.

“Obama advisers have said the package will carry a total cost of at least $775 billion.

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