Secretary Skinner Attends White House Briefing; Maryland Could Get $20 Million to Rehabilitate Foreclosed Properties Posted on October 13, 2011 by mdhousing OCTOBER 13 Washington – Secretary Skinner joined about 50 executives from around the country for a special senior level briefing at the White House on President Obama’s American Jobs Act. During the four-hour session, some of the president’s closest advisors, including Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, described the strategy to break the bill into component pieces after the Senate voted against the act on Tuesday. The president’s $447 billion plan to boost the economy and put Americans back to work would cut payroll taxes, extend unemployment benefits, prevent the layoff of more than 280,000 teachers, firefighters and police officers and fund new construction while raising taxes on the wealthy. Secretary Skinner says Maryland could receive $20 million under the president’s Project Rebuild proposal, a $15 billion national effort to put construction workers on the job rehabilitating and refurbishing hundreds of thousands of vacant and foreclosed homes and businesses. The president’s plan also includes more than $625 million in immediate infrastructure investments in Maryland; $315 million to modernize and upgrade public schools in the state and $93.9 million in the next fiscal year for community colleges.