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Johnson: Use TARP funds for jobs stimulus

Camie Young

Camie Young

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson is back to work after his announcement of a decade long battle with Hepatitis C.

The Democrat, whose DeKalb-based district includes Norcross and Lilburn, introduced a House resolution Wednesday calling on colleagues to support using unspent Troubled Asset Relief Program funds to create jobs.

"With unemployment in Atlanta and the nation stubbornly above 10 percent, we must do more to create jobs," Johnson said in a statement. "Tapping unspent TARP funds can put people back to work by helping us break ground on more shovel-ready infrastructure projects, expand credit to small businesses and offer critical tax cuts.

President Obama has sought to use the $139 billion in unspent funds for that purpose.

"This will help keep our economy on the path to recovery," Johnson said. "We must make every effort to ensure our homes are more energy efficient, that small business owners gain easier access to capital and credit, and help keep teachers, police, and firefighters on the job in our communities."

Meeting with Mike Saturday

This weekend, Commissioner Mike Beaudreau will once again face voters.

The District 3 representative, whose area covers southern and eastern Gwinnett, has so far stayed on the good side of many of the loudest tax protesters, as he voted against the millage rate increase last week.

He and his colleagues will hear from residents in a budget hearing at 7 tonight at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, Beaudreau's monthly Meetings with Mike will be held Saturday.

He is scheduled to meet constituents from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Summit Chase Country Club at 3197 Classic Drive in Snellville.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.