According to a report submitted by Gov. Jim Doyle to the Feds, the Stimulus money has saved or created 8,284 jobs in Wisconsin. (Of course, that’s BS. If you have to say things have been “created or saved”, you’re painting with a big brush. The job has either been created or it’s been saved. You don’t get to say it’s both without giving specifics.)
So far Wisconsin has received $1.9 billion dollars in aid from the Feds.
And if you get out a calculator, you’ll discover that’s just shy of $230,000 a job. According to the report, most of those jobs are fireman, policemen, and teachers (and I guarantee they don’t get paid more than $200,000 a year.)
Where did the rest of the money go? And why did it take $230,000 / job to save it?
And let’s be honest, this is a little bit of legerdemain. Do you think Wisconsin would really lay off 6100 firefighters, policemen and teachers? Of course not. That would be political suicide for Democrats as each is unionized. (I’m a teacher in a public school, and I’ve lost 5% of my income.) So did the stimulus really “save” those jobs? No. What it did was allow the state to say they would have cut those jobs had there been no stimulus.
As an analogy, suppose I get $100,000 from a benefactor, then say, “Thank goodness I got the money, or I would have had to sell my kids for medical experiments!” Would I really sell my kids? Of course not. But that’s the impression I’m giving by saying they were “saved” by the $100,000 donation.
The Wisconsin Office of Recovery can be found here.
If you really want to look at what the stimulus has done for Wisconsin, you can look here. At least it’s less than 9.7%.
UPDATE: Looks as though this “education jobs are threatened” BS has been exposed in Ohio. I wonder how many other states this is prominent in?