Stimulus jobs program extension fails |

Stimulus jobs program extension fails

A bill that would have extended a federal stimulus-funded jobs program has failed in the Senate.

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Emergency Contingency Fund generated about 250,000 temporary, subsidized jobs during its year of funding, including about 200 in Nevada County.

Funding expired Thursday, but a group of Democratic Senators hoped to continue the program another year at a cost of $2.5 billion.

“I am deeply disappointed that this highly-successful program, which has put thousands of Californians to work, was allowed to expire,” said California Senator Barbara Boxer. “In these tough economic times, we must do everything possible to keep people working, rather than creating obstacles for those who are ready, willing and able to work.”

For more on the stimulus jobs in Nevada County, see last week’s article:

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