Thursday, November 12, 2009

You Heard it Here First!

The Capitol View has reported several times that the Patrick administration’s claim that federal stimulus money has created or saved more than 23,000 jobs is likely exaggerated. Well, according to a Boston Globe report, we were right, and you heard it here first! The Globe reports, “The federal stimulus report for Massachusetts has so many errors, missing data, or estimates instead of actual job counts that it may be impossible to accurately tally how many people have been employed by the massive infusion of federal money.”

The article also says, “One of the largest reported jobs figures comes from Bridgewater State College, which is listed as using $77,181 in stimulus money for 160 full-time work-study jobs for students. But Bridgewater State spokesman Bryan Baldwin said the college made a mistake and the actual number of new jobs was “almost nothing.’’ Bridgewater has submitted a correction, but it is not yet reflected in the report.”

Why all the false information, Governor? This article serves as only further proof and validation of what we’ve been saying all along. Governor Patrick needs to wake up and take a look at reality. We don’t like being the bearer of bad news, but the fact of the matter is the Governor is wearing rose colored glasses, saying Massachusetts will recover from the recession quicker than other states, but the truth is Massachusetts is likely to see even worse days ahead. And that is a direct result of the Governor’s misplaced priorities and lack of leadership.