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TARP Savings Could Finance Jobs Program
The $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) cost $200 billion less than originally anticipated, according to a new Treasury Department report. That reflects faster repayments by big banks, as well as less spending on rescue programs as the financial sector recovers more quickly than expected.
And it’s good news for President Obama’s new job creation stimulus. In a speech delivered at the nonpartisan Brookings Institution, President Obama outlined a wide-ranging plan to create jobs that could be partially financed by the $200 billion in TARP funds that the government now expects to get back.
Among the job creation proposals detailed by President Obama are:
- A tax cut for small business to encourage hiring.
- Eliminate capitals gains on these businesses for one year.
- Redirect leftover TARP money to support small business growth.
- Invest new money in rebuilding roads, bridges and other infrastructure improvements.
- Start a “Cash for Caulkers” plan that would give rebates to people who make their homes more energy efficient.
“Small businesses, infrastructure, clean energy: these are areas in which we can put Americans to work while putting our nation on a sturdier economic footing,” according to President Obama. “That foundation for sustained economic growth must be our continuing focus and our ultimate goal.”
The President’s proposals require Congressional approval.