Congressmen Outline North Carolina Stimulus Benefits

North Carolina Reps. David Price and Brad Miller said an $819 billion stimulus bill working through Congress will save or create about 130,000 North Carolina jobs in the months ahead.

The two lawmakers spoke about the measure Thursday at an Employment Security Commission center in Raleigh.

The stimulus plan that passed the U.S. House on Wednesday night would send more than $4 billion to North Carolina over about two years. Nearly $2 billion would go to North Carolina's state government to prevent big layoffs as lawmakers struggle with a budget shortfall reaching into the billions.

Almost $1 billion would fund North Carolina transportation and infrastructure projects. But when compared to population, that's the lowest per capita allocation among U.S. states.

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