Stimulus money equaling NC jobs?

November 11, 2009 12:37:17 PM PST
A White House report showed hundreds of thousands of jobs were created nationwide thanks to the stimulus, but critics say that number is inflated. And some wonder if the estimate in North Carolina is inflated too. Governor Bev Perdue says federal stimulus dollars earned the state more than 28,000 jobs, but fact checking that number seems nearly impossible.

However, the national recovery Web site shows North Carolina created or saved 28,073 jobs, but it doesn't list specifics. Dots on a map are the only identifiers as to a location where the jobs are.

"We've had difficulties getting information from the recovery office and as you said it's difficult to look on that recovery Web site," capitol monitor Perri Morgan said.

Morgan with state government watch group the Capitol Monitor, has spent several months tracking stimulus dollars. She says the recovery act isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Congress enacted the plan to help build national infrastructure using a formula that says $1 million spent equals 30 jobs.

North Carolina has already used half of its $6 billion to rebuild and repair roads, but Morgan says some of the spending is questionable.

"If the stimulus is not creating the jobs that it was promised to create, which we're not seeing than why don't we just stop spending the money and let the economy do what it's doing with good North Carolinians working hard," Morgan said.

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