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Stimulating the Stimulus Numbers

An Associated Press investigation found that President Obama’s economic recovery plan overstated the number of jobs that were created or saved through his stimulus program. A mistake the White House has now refused to correct.

According to the review:

  1. A company working with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reported that stimulus money paid for 4,231 jobs, when about 1,000 were produced.
  2. A Georgia community college reported creating 280 jobs with recovery money, but none was created from stimulus spending.
  3. A Florida child care center said its stimulus money saved 129 jobs but used the money on raises for existing employees.
  4. The Toledo, Ohio-based Koring Group received two FCC contracts, again for call centers. It reported hiring 26 people for each contract, or a total of 52 jobs, but cited the same workers for both contracts. The jobs only lasted about two months.
  5. Barbara Moore, executive director of the Child Care Association of Brevard County in Cocoa, FL, reported that the $98,669 she received in stimulus money saved 129 jobs at her center, though the cash was used to give her 129 employees a 3.9 percent cost-of-living raise. She said she needed to boost their salaries because some workers had left “because we had not been able to give them a raise in four years.”
  6. Officials at East Central Technical College in Douglas, GA, said they now know they shouldn’t have claimed 280 stimulus jobs linked to more than $200,000 to buy trucks and trailers for commercial driving instruction, and a modular classroom and bathroom for a health education program.

The San Joaquin, California Regional Rail Commission reported creating or saving 125 jobs as part of a stimulus project to lay railroad track. Because the project drew from two pools of money, the commission reported the jobs figure twice, bringing the total to 250 on the government report.

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