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Crist's stimulus czar touts job creation, savings



Don Winstead, Gov. Charlie Crist's stimulus czar, briefed the Senate's budget committee Wednesday and said that, under federal formulas Florida can be credited for creating jobs or helping employ 47,069 directly, indirectly or by way of some complicated "induced" formula due to the federal stimulus package.

That doesn't mean, though, that 47,000 new full-time workers now have employment. That number represents the affected jobs.

Winstead said that, under federal formulas, 29,320 jobs have been created or saved. The bulk of them are in schools. Those weren't new jobs. They were teachers, janitors, etc., who kept their work due to the stimulus (er. budget bailout) cash. About 1,800 new jobs were created in transportation projects.

Anticipating the doubts over the methodology of figuring what's a job and what was created, Winstead pointed out that the formulas were federally mandated.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:26pm]


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