Stimulus Jobs Overstated on Government Website

Niki Lavin is celebrating her third year as high school science teacher and her new duty as a dance instructor.

But a year ago she feared a budget shortfall might claim her job.

Then Congress passed the economic stimulus package sending Florida 13 billion dollars.

“It is nice to know that money is there to help us out,” said Lavin.

It’s hard to pinpoint whose job was saved using stimulus money, but we do know 20,000 teaching positions would have been cut without the funds.

In all 64,000 Florida jobs have been saved or created, but a recent investigation shows statics on a government website were overstated.

The site gives the stimulus package credit for 30-thousand federal contract jobs.

The number is five thousand too high.

And some of those fudged numbers are coming out of Florida.

A Brevard County child care center claims it used stimulus dollars to save 129 jobs when in fact the money was simply used to give raises.

Florida’s Stimulus Czar Don Winstead says those are federal statistics and the state’s numbers don’t include the 129 positions.

“We will report that there, but of course our numbers are substantially more than that and what we report with the state agencies will not include those,” said Winstead.

One area where results have been immediate is in unemployment. Florida has doled out 1.8 billion stimulus dollars to keep benefits flowing to thousands of jobless Floridians

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  • by FED UP Location: Afghanistan on Nov 1, 2009 at 11:14 PM
    One can not trust anything that the present Administration is telling you. They are in there for their own Agenda, guess what, news flash, they don't care about you or me.
  • by Buddy Location: Madison on Oct 31, 2009 at 06:26 AM
    Tax payers have no idea where the money is, whom can we TRUST. The old addage " Birds of a feather flock together." We certainley cant trust the Federal Govt.
  • by ccw Location: inyourface on Oct 31, 2009 at 05:33 AM
    All gov number's are wrong. the unemployed are not counted when they run out of benifit's and are still not working, the cost to tax payer's is much higher and the health care will tax us to death. not to mention the billion's wasted to fraud.
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