Every state submits quarterly reports on certain American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) spending to the federal government that show information such as jobs created or retained, what organizations received funding, how much they received, and for what purpose -- all with accountability and transparency in mind.
As important as these reports are, they provide only a limited view of the effect of stimulus spending, and only for a particular time frame. However, we in the commonwealth’s Stimulus Accountability Office think it’s very important that citizens have a much more comprehensive view of the results of stimulus. Pennsylvania’s Performance and Outcome Measures give you a window on the current conditions and long-term promise of stimulus spending. They will identify the long-term benefits of investments, such as rebuilt roads and bridges, energy-saving and clean-water projects, and a strengthened public education system that produces long-term gains for students. They will also reveal shorter-term outcomes, such as money spent serving people who need help today, or a look at jobs from the perspective of hours worked or wages paid.
The Performance and Outcome Measures provide a simple way for Pennsylvania’s citizens to not only understand what they are getting for the expenditure of ARRA funds, but also to appreciate the far-reaching impacts of this spending. Many stimulus-funded projects will contribute critical returns to citizens long after the spending has ended, and their impact goes far beyond numbers of jobs and dollars spent.
The Performance and Outcome Measures have clear ties to the purposes of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act:
- To preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery.
- To assist those most impacted by the recession.
- To provide investments needed to increase economic efficiency by spurring technological advances in science and health.
- To invest in transportation, environmental protection, and other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits.
- To stabilize state and local government budgets, in order to minimize and avoid reductions in essential services and state and local tax increases.
Pennsylvania’s Performance and Outcome Measures fall into six categories closely related to the purposes of the Recovery Act: jobs created or retained, budget stabilization, economic growth, program output, longer-term public benefit measures and energy-saving and environmental-improvement measures. The Stimulus Accountability Office reported and updated the Performance and Outcome Measures on a regular basis through September, 2011 when the office closed. The last available update for each award can be accessed at the links below.
Community & Family Support
Other Infrastructure & Housing
DID YOU KNOW?
The Recovery Act is increasing renewable energy generation in Pennsylvania. Already, more than 19 million kilowatt hours of energy has been generated from renewable sources. For example, Turkey Hill Dairy in Lancaster County received Recovery Act funding for two wind turbines that will produce a quarter of its annual electricity needs. That equals enough power to produce six million gallons of ice cream and 15 million gallons of iced tea each year. February 2011 marked the first full month the wind turbines were online and producing power. More than 769,677 kilowatt hours of electricity were generated, providing 32 percent of the Dairy's electricity needs for the month. Learn more.