In a recent diary at Rocky Mountain Right, Mike Robinson finds that the Obama stimulus bill created 654 jobs in Douglas County at a cost of $131,548 per job. Using the same Recovery.gov website, I learned that Douglas has nothing on my own Jefferson County.
According to my calculations, $244,783,814 in ARRA “stimulus” money has been spent in Jeffco. How many jobs created? 221.39 … For a total of $1,105,667.89 per job. As bad as $230,000 per job nationwide (presuming no union featherbedding is going on) is for stimulus spending, Jeffco really has felt the short end of the stick. Kind of like construction jobs anywhere.
Far and away the biggest single Jeffco award went to Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC, in Golden: nearly $160 million for 42 jobs or about $3.8 million per person employed. Other winners were the Jefferson County Public Schools topping out over $25 million, the Colorado Department of Public Safety at $22 million-plus, the Colorado Department of Transportation at nearly $14 million, and the Colorado School of Mines at just under $5 million. The full breakdown is below:
And remember … This inefficient stimulus spending has been put on the tab for my children and yours to pay in the future. Are you a little upset?