Pueblo County Redirects Stimulus Money To Low-Income Students


Federal stimulus money is being shifted from a job-training program in southern Colorado.

Pueblo County had originally intended the money for a job program aimed at training people to apply for new positions. Officials say it didn't work because employers found the paperwork to be a burden. Only two dozen people out of more than 200 in the program found jobs.

While some of the original stimulus money, totaling $452,000, has been used in the job-training program, Pueblo County is taking the remaining $124,000 and using it to help low-income students. The money is going into a home-lunch program, which provides low-income students with take-home lunches for the weekends. More than 15,000 students stand to benefit from the redirection of the money.

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  • by john Location: pueblo on Sep 22, 2010 at 05:08 PM
    Hey Jerlene! Get rid of the three commissioners, don't elect Giron,slow down the Pace, and elect conservatives. The Demo-Commucrats in this county are going berserk!
  • by Anonymous on Sep 22, 2010 at 03:27 PM
    @Jerlene and others like her: You know your hate runs deep when you bring up getting rid of illegals in a story that has nothing to do with illegal immigrants. Makes me wonder if you have ever really met an illegal immigrant and took the time to get to know why they came here in the first place. Or if you just snub your nose at them and act like they are somehow beneath you... that your human rights are some how more important than theirs are. Glad to know "love thy neighbor" is alive and well inside you! Pathetic.
  • by Anonymous Location: CO on Sep 22, 2010 at 03:21 PM
    Hard to believe with all the food stamp money being given out that you cannot afford a peanut butter sandwich and an apple. It is discrimination to provide to only some.
  • by Ryan on Sep 22, 2010 at 01:45 PM
    The stimulus is a joke and no one will really deny that, and yet this is another example however of how the government is artificially raising certain segments of the population by subsidizing low-income families and making it an incentive to have more children which otherwise the family could not have provided for. Doing so is favoring certain parts of the population, which is racist. Rather, we should be addressing the initial problem of families unethically having children which they cannot provide for. Restricting the number of children allowed like a communist China is going too far, but we need to shed light on this and discuss reality. Common sense mayor brings new ideas in 2012. Nuff said.
  • by Jerlene Location: Pueblo West on Sep 22, 2010 at 01:36 PM
    Spread the wealth? How one-sided can this county get. All the more reason to get rid of the illegals.
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