Economic Stimulus and the Construction and Engineering Sectors

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Stimulus Construction Spending – Sector by Sector

From’s The Stimulus Bill Compromise, Sector by Sector (02/13/2009)

  • Transportation – $49.3 billion
  • Defense/Veterans – $7.78 billion (ie. new VA hospitals and DOD buildings, etc)
  • Housing/HUD – $9.6 billion
  • Schools – No firm number, but around $39.5 billion goes to School Districts, presumably some of that would go to construction projects.
  • Energy – $30.62 billion
  • Buildings – $13.365 billion (various federal building construction and improvement projects)
  • Water and Environment – $20.1 billion (includes EPA, Corps of Engineers etc)  

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  1. Many people bidding for many of these government funded construction projects will be left out in the cold if they do not have their OSHA training. Several states (NY, CT, MA, RI, NH, and MO) have laws requiring workers on publically-funded jobsites to take the OSHA 10 hour construction training class, like the ones available at . Without the OSHA card, they cannot get on the site. Many general contractors also have the same requirement for minimum OSHA training. So be prepared, do not wait until the last minute.

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