New Hampshire stimulus: $8.32 million per job

posted at 2:57 pm on July 13, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

With the entire nation wondering at the effectiveness of a stimulus package that has resulted in not saving 2 million jobs thus far, the data on job creation has finally begun to arrive.  In New Hampshire, which got $416 million dollars, officials have proudly announced that the money has created jobs — 50 of them, to be exact.  Only 34 of them are full time:

More than $400 million in federal stimulus money has come to New Hampshire this year, and more is on the way.

The Office of Legislative Budget Assistant reported last week that $413.6 million made its way to the state under a list of programs that involve education, highways, environmental, health and human services, energy and law enforcement. …

So far, a total of 50 jobs have been created by the funding, 34 of them full time. The OES will be headed by a director whom Gov. John Lynch has not yet appointed. All five OES jobs are described as full-time temporary positions that will go out of existence in September 2011, the end of the federal fiscal year.

You read that right.  The stimulus package in New Hampshire has created 50 temp jobs, apparently all of them bureaucrat positions, and none of them permanent.  The Office of Economic Stimulus (OES) employs five of those people, and when the governor appoints the director, that position will pay a $110,000 salary, plus benefits.

Roughly speaking, those 50 jobs cost the American taxpayer $8.32 million per position.  If we calculate part-time positions as one-half of a full-time job, the cost per full-time job would be $9.9 million.  At that rate, the $787 billion Porkulus package should generate about 79,495 jobs across America — or about what we lose today by 1:37 pm in new unemployment claims. And of course, all of those would last only as long as the stimulus money kept coming to fund them.

Patrick Hynes at Now Hampshire points out the fallacy of transparency even on these pathetic returns on the stimulus:

NowHampshire.com has repeatedly asked the state’s “stimulus czar” Orville “Bud” Fitch for up-to-date tallies of stimulus jobs created in New Hampshire. At the end of May, Fitch did not know. On June 26th, Fitch told Nowhampshire.com, “We are just now rolling out a reporting system to gather information from grant fund recipients.”

According to stimulus backers, accountability and transparency were to be hallmarks of the historic spending measure.

Jazz Shaw follows up on this weekend’s report on the waste of stimulus funds in New York:

When Route 17 began work two years in the Southern Tier to expand to four lanes and convert it to a continuation of I-86, not only did the state hire many new workers in the area, but local businesses reported significant benefits as well, all of which resulted in more jobs and increased prosperity in the region. The same could be happening right now on major pending projects around Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo if the money had been quickly and properly targeted, since the plans for those projects have been drawn up and waiting for years.

Instead, federal stimulus funds are being shunted to cover up the holes and warts of a dysfunctional state government, with the taxpayer left to pick up the check. And, as the Syracuse Herald article points out, the long range effect of this will be virtually [nil]. …

When this stimulus money was first dished out in titanic proportions, a bit more time and effort on the part of Congress could surely have targeted for real job creation and long term benefits. Using it as a “stabilizing” stop-gap patch for failing state governments is resulting in it having roughly the same benefit as pouring golf balls down a gopher hole.

And the Obama administration is considering an encore.


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For $8.32 million I’ll be a full-time 24/7 beach bum for life. That’s a better return for the money than a full time government job that ends in 2011.

Daggett on July 13, 2009 at 3:01 PM

and “ALL RIGHT!” shouts the bamster!

Where do you get these goofball pics of the prexy

clnurnberg on July 13, 2009 at 3:02 PM

What a huge waste of money.

seven on July 13, 2009 at 3:02 PM

Government. The only growth industry in the Obama era.

Cicero43 on July 13, 2009 at 3:02 PM

Go for the stimulus trifecta! No sleep till soup-lines!

LimeyGeek on July 13, 2009 at 3:03 PM

Harvard math? Yeah, that and Ayers lead to this kind of snafu.

bbz123 on July 13, 2009 at 3:03 PM

By design.

Weight of Glory on July 13, 2009 at 3:04 PM

Daggett on July 13, 2009 at 3:01 PM

A beach bum with 8.32 million could deal drugs and actually make an ROI for the taxpayer.

LimeyGeek on July 13, 2009 at 3:04 PM

you ain’t seen nothing yet

rob verdi on July 13, 2009 at 3:04 PM

I’ve been saying all along that the best way to stimulate the economy was to just give each taxpayer a fair portion. They will spend it. It goes right to the heart of the problem. But Noooo. Obama and his minions wants to waste it as much as possible. At least if the stimulus was given to the taxpayers you would be spending your money.

Guardian on July 13, 2009 at 3:04 PM

By the way, that pic of Obama is my favorite.

Weight of Glory on July 13, 2009 at 3:05 PM

Great Obama Milestone reached today:

Budget deficit tops $1 trillion for first time

I have been cussing up a storm about this since I read about the milestone…not helping me or my kids.

WashJeff on July 13, 2009 at 3:05 PM

$416 million for 50 government jobs?

Seriously, WTF? Is anyone else thinking, “Don’t piss in my ear, and tell me it’s raining.”

BuckeyeSam on July 13, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Ed, you’re assuming that Uhbama really wanted it to work.

“Never let a good crisis go to waste.” — Rahm Emmanuel

Cicero43 on July 13, 2009 at 3:06 PM

The stimulus package in New Hampshire has created 50 temp jobs, apparently all of them bureaucrat positions, and none of them permanent.

If they are government bureaucrat positions, they will become permanent.

rbj on July 13, 2009 at 3:07 PM

Why hasn’t the MSM mentioned that the counties which voted for Obama got TWICE as much stimulus money so far? This WHOLE thing is an orchestrated vote-buying slush fund. THAT’S why it is weighted for distribution in 2010. Obama is a liar. He lied to us and stole our money to buy votes. Period.

marklmail on July 13, 2009 at 3:07 PM

$416 million for 50 government jobs?

Seriously, WTF? Is anyone else thinking, “Don’t piss in my ear, and tell me it’s raining.”

BuckeyeSam on July 13, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Imagine what 416 mil could do for New Hampshire residents had it been used for tax relief.

I guess the one good thing about only 50 jobs being created with this porklus money is that Obama only managed to secure that many votes for 2012.

Doughboy on July 13, 2009 at 3:07 PM

Why am I totally not surprised by this.

RedbonePro on July 13, 2009 at 3:08 PM

By the way, that pic of Obama is my favorite.

Weight of Glory on July 13, 2009 at 3:05 PM

It’s good, but I’m particial to the one of Obama at a speaker’s lectern with his hand at his eyebrows seeming to search for something in the crowd. It’s always a great lead-in for a post discussing Obama’s search for something that’s been promised and is missing.

BuckeyeSam on July 13, 2009 at 3:09 PM

Hey, compared to $15 million per transplanted Uigher, that’s a bargain!!

guntotinglibertarian on July 13, 2009 at 3:09 PM

You people have no patience.

LibTired on July 13, 2009 at 3:10 PM

So to save two million jobs at $8.32 million per job, we only need to spend $16,640,000,000,000.

That’s right, 16 and a half trillion dollars would create the two million promised jobs.

Look for a tax hike or two in your futures.

Bishop on July 13, 2009 at 3:10 PM

If they are government bureaucrat positions, they will become permanent.

rbj on July 13, 2009 at 3:07 PM

And the numbers will grow dramatically as they discover all the things that they need to meddle in.

BuckeyeSam on July 13, 2009 at 3:11 PM

It’s working as intended. – Obama

lorien1973 on July 13, 2009 at 3:11 PM

It’s a good thing the adults are in charge now.

Unfortunately, it’s the adults who put the “adult” into adult movies.

Bend over, America.

NoDonkey on July 13, 2009 at 3:11 PM

Things are going EXACTLY as planned…by third grader economists and our affirmative action president.

jukin on July 13, 2009 at 3:12 PM

So to save two million jobs at $8.32 million per job, we only need to spend $16,640,000,000,000.

That’s right, 16 and a half trillion dollars would create the two million promised jobs.

Look for a tax hike or two in your futures.

Bishop on July 13, 2009 at 3:10 PM

Don’t give Obama any ideas.

Daggett on July 13, 2009 at 3:13 PM

One of the first “shovel-ready” stimulus projects in NH was the repaving of Route 101 in Epping right next door to where I live.

I’m working up a blog post on it as we speak. In a nutshell: They paved over a perfectly good stretch of highway to make it 1.5″ higher and employed a bunch of workers for a three month job. The contractor even put up a YouTube video about how wonderful this project is that shows the highway in its original and perfectly driveable condition.

It’s a classic “Pay one guy to dig a hole, pay another to fill it in” scenario.

The kicker is EVERY person remotely associated with that job, from project executive on down to the guy who picks up orange cones from the tailgate of a truck will count as a job “created” by the stimulus package, even though, as the fancy stimulus signage tells us, this project ends next month at which time these guys are right back to the same employment status they were at before the paving started.

Any chance of those jobs then being SUBTRACTED from Obama’s job numbers?

Bruce in NH on July 13, 2009 at 3:14 PM

Who are the 50 suckers to draw the short straw? I thought under Obama it was more profitable and less stressful to stay at home.

sherry on July 13, 2009 at 3:14 PM

BTW: Of what value is their employment when their discretionary income will go to fundraising efforts that support Democratics who will act to keep their jobs funded.

Damn these people are parasites.

BuckeyeSam on July 13, 2009 at 3:14 PM

Don’t give Obama any ideas.
Daggett on July 13, 2009 at 3:13 PM

Too late. You can bet your socks that some skateboarding flunkie working in a White House cubicle already brought this to Ogabe’s attention and he said, “That’s all? Shiite, the Lieutenant spends more than that on purses and size 15 shoes. Go for it.”

Bishop on July 13, 2009 at 3:15 PM

I’m moving to New Hampshire STAT!

txag92 on July 13, 2009 at 3:16 PM

Great job obarfy.

blatantblue on July 13, 2009 at 3:16 PM

BuckeyeSam on July 13, 2009 at 3:09 PM

Heh. Yeah I forgot about that one.

Weight of Glory on July 13, 2009 at 3:17 PM

By the way, that pic of Obama is my favorite.

Weight of Glory on July 13, 2009 at 3:05 PM

He learned that pose from Vince. It’s called ScamWow.

Patrick S on July 13, 2009 at 3:17 PM

by third grader economists

Actually, 3rd-graders have too much residual common sense to believe in Keynesian economics.

guntotinglibertarian on July 13, 2009 at 3:19 PM

In New Hampshire, which got $416 million dollars, officials have proudly announced that the money has created jobs — 50 of them, to be exact. Only 34 of them are full time:

The glass is always half empty for you, Ed. $416M for 50 jobs? Sounds reasonable. /sarc
RR

ramrants on July 13, 2009 at 3:19 PM

Keep this headline handy when hyper-inflation hits and the food riots start………….

……….. should remind people exactly who is in charge and how effective they were on ruining the country.

Seven Percent Solution on July 13, 2009 at 3:19 PM

“We are just now rolling out a reporting system to gather information from grant fund recipients.”

Translation: Our $18 million website will provide up-to-the-month details of how taxpayer dollars are being wasted.

VibrioCocci on July 13, 2009 at 3:20 PM

After Obama’s recent defense of the stimulus, conservatives need a response for the administration’s continued reference to “shovel-ready” projects. And I suggest: “Shovel-ready, indeed. But what’s Obama shoveling?”

BuckeyeSam on July 13, 2009 at 3:20 PM

Too bad the Republican party is dead (according to so many Democrats). They could use headlines like this to get reelected.

Thunderstorm129 on July 13, 2009 at 3:21 PM

New Hampshire stimulus: $8.32 million per job

The sad part is that that’s a bargain compared to the $18 million they paid to spruce up recovery.gov.

progressoverpeace on July 13, 2009 at 3:22 PM

I thought under Obama it was more profitable and less stressful to stay at home.

sherry on July 13, 2009 at 3:14 PM

Don’t worry, these are like Michelle Obama’s $400K a year job at the hospital.

The one that was so vital, that they created the position for her and then eliminated it the moment she left.

These jobs won’t even warm chairs. They’re all political payoffs.

NoDonkey on July 13, 2009 at 3:23 PM

Fuzzy math.

artist on July 13, 2009 at 3:24 PM

All five OES jobs are described as full-time temporary positions that will go out of existence in September 2011, the end of the federal fiscal year.

WTF is a full-time temporary? How can a job that lasts two years even be considered a real job?

Enoxo on July 13, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Invest 400 million for 400 people so they never have to work again and wallah 400 people in a better situation for life. 8 times as many as Obambis plan helped for a temporary period

I am brilliant.

MCW on July 13, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Actually, 3rd-graders have too much residual common sense to believe in Keynesian economics.

guntotinglibertarian on July 13, 2009 at 3:19 PM

How about it. It reminds me of the current ad campaign by a bank in which some adult tries to pull the wool over the eyes of some kinds. It has to do with reading fine print and whatnot. In one ad, the adult ask two girls if they’d like a pony. One girl gets a toy, and the other girl gets a real pony. When the girl asks why she didn’t get a real pony, the deceitful adult responds, “You didn’t ask.” And the little girl looks as if she’ll kill him. In the other ad, some gets to play with a toy car for a few moments before immediately having it replaced with some lousy cut-out figure.

Both ads are hilarious, and both point out how much common sense kids can have.

BuckeyeSam on July 13, 2009 at 3:25 PM

That’s right, 16 and a half trillion dollars would create the two million promised jobs.

Oh no, it’s easy.

Obama plans to introduce million dollar bills. It saves time when printing.

reaganaut on July 13, 2009 at 3:26 PM

Somehow the New Hampshire government survived not having 50 positions filled, and will apparently survive not having them filled after the funding disappears.

The campaign commercials are writing themselves, if only Steele would get off his fat azz and find himself a clue.

Bishop on July 13, 2009 at 3:27 PM

Any chance of those jobs then being SUBTRACTED from Obama’s job numbers?

Bruce in NH on July 13, 2009 at 3:14 PM

No. And when that person gets another two month contract, that’ll be another magical “job created”.

LibTired on July 13, 2009 at 3:28 PM

With the entire nation wondering at the effectiveness of a stimulus package…”

Obama said it worked as intended. Move along.

catmman on July 13, 2009 at 3:29 PM

He learned that pose from Vince. It’s called ScamWow.

Patrick S on July 13, 2009 at 3:17 PM

Yeah, his policies are made in former East Germany, and you know those East Germans make good stuff.

Daggett on July 13, 2009 at 3:30 PM

Can I get a $500 million from the stimulus? I want to be President.

Thunderstorm129 on July 13, 2009 at 3:31 PM

Obama’s “Stimulus” is a shovel-ready project.

catmman on July 13, 2009 at 3:32 PM

WTF is a full-time temporary? How can a job that lasts two years even be considered a real job?

Enoxo on July 13, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Fortunately, Barack Obama’s job is a full-time temporary one. Unfortunately, he’s going to do a real job on our economy long after he leaves.

VibrioCocci on July 13, 2009 at 3:32 PM

Can I get a $500 million from the stimulus? I want to be President.

Thunderstorm129 on July 13, 2009 at 3:31 PM

More like unlimited money. He didn’t go on that $250,000 date using his own salary.

Daggett on July 13, 2009 at 3:32 PM

Was one of the jobs same-sex marriage czar? Live Fabulous or Die!

Lou Budvis on July 13, 2009 at 3:32 PM

Guardian on July 13, 2009 at 3:04 PM

I’ve been saying that all along, too. In fact I would argue that a “stimulus” in the form of tax rebates, even if given out to those who pay little or no taxes, would be better than the porkulus crap sandwich being shoved down out throats.

At least the people who paid no taxes and got something back would go out and spend the money on ripple and cigarettes, which beats wasting money on hiring 10 bureaucrats to spend millions repaving perfectly good roads.

UltimateBob on July 13, 2009 at 3:33 PM

Obama plans to introduce million dollar bills. It saves time when printing.

reaganaut on July 13, 2009 at 3:26 PM

Nah. You have to think bigger. Much bigger.

VibrioCocci on July 13, 2009 at 3:35 PM

Where do you get these goofball pics of the prexy

clnurnberg on July 13, 2009 at 3:02 PM

Confession – sometimes, when I’m too tired to read HA, I just look at the pictures for a good laugh! Maybe Congress should include pictures in the next Stealfromus Bill since they won’t be reading it either!

redwhiteblue on July 13, 2009 at 3:35 PM

WTF is a full-time temporary?

Just means you work 40+ hours a week – full time hours, but the job doesn’t last.

reaganaut on July 13, 2009 at 3:35 PM

VibrioCocci on July 13, 2009 at 3:35 PM

Meh. Zimbabwe was printing $100 Trillion bills before their currency just died.

progressoverpeace on July 13, 2009 at 3:40 PM

Let’s see, 8.3 million per job times 14.7 million un-employed in the U.S.; pretty soon you will talking about some real money.

Johan Klaus on July 13, 2009 at 3:45 PM

redwhiteblue on July 13, 2009 at 3:35 PM

I suggest porn then, as it will undoubtedly be chalk full of obscene spending.

NoDonkey on July 13, 2009 at 3:52 PM

I’m glad that I didn’t eat my lunch before reading this post. I’m not hungry anymore either. Who wants to take bets that this kind of malarkey is happening all across the country? Eighteen million dollars for setting up a web site goes right along with everything problematic with big government thinking. On one hand they say that our government is here to help but on the other hand, what they are really doing is deceivingly criminal in front of our very eyes. Stop this madness and repeal the remainder of the 787 billion stimulus now. We are being fleeced and snookered by our government representatives and they just sit there smiling right back into our faces.

Americannodash on July 13, 2009 at 3:52 PM

Obama plans to introduce million dollar bills. It saves time when printing.

reaganaut on July 13, 2009 at 3:26 PM
Nah. You have to think bigger. Much bigger.

VibrioCocci on July 13, 2009 at 3:35 PM

This would hurt the wheelbarrow stimulus. I think that, in Germany during the twenties, people needed a wheelbarrow to carry enough currency to buy a loaf of bread.

Johan Klaus on July 13, 2009 at 3:52 PM

Will the NYT run with this story?

Will Yahoo News run with it?

MSNBC?

CNN?

I dont think so either.

southsideironworks on July 13, 2009 at 3:54 PM

Here is an idea of how to approach a second stimulus package: GRANT A TEMPORARY FEDERAL TAX HIATUS. All of the pent up consumer demand would explode in every household when paychecks more closely equal the actual earnings of workers. And it would be at virtually no administrative cost.

AndAwayWeGo on July 13, 2009 at 3:55 PM

$416 million for 50 government jobs?

This even beats the $800.00 toilet seats.

Johan Klaus on July 13, 2009 at 4:00 PM

This even beats the $800.00 toilet seats.

Johan Klaus on July 13, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Yes, but think of all the butts that would be saved if they invested that 416 million into toilet seats instead.

Americannodash on July 13, 2009 at 4:04 PM

With this sort of efficiency I feel great about the government taking control of my healthcare.

gwelf on July 13, 2009 at 4:09 PM

rebates on that would be ~ 316.15 per person in the state.

The payroll tax hiatus was probably the best idea from the congress, but then again, it would probably have just accelerated the destruction of SS and Medicare as they would never pay in the suspended payments.

Some breed of politician needs to emerge that is just conservative/federalist. No fiscal/social split. Conservative/federalist principals for federal government make the split moot, as the fed should have virtually no involvement with fiscal and social policy. Repeal the 16th, replace it with one that explicitly states taxes can only be raised (to say 10%) to cover war costs. Repeal the 17th.

Give the states the powers back they originally had, restore the nation to its testing ground of how to create a better union. Let states like CA and NY die in flames for their unprincipled governance, and welcome the newly minted governments of those states that learn their lesson.

kerncon on July 13, 2009 at 4:15 PM

I’m sure Barry & Co. will be able to get the stats up to at least $10 MILLION per job next time around. By their own admission they really weren’t trying that hard the first time around.

GarandFan on July 13, 2009 at 4:27 PM

For 8 million I’d spend my life volunteering and writing, and provide an itemized list to taxpayers to show what they were getting.

Dark-Star on July 13, 2009 at 4:38 PM

They paved over a perfectly good stretch of highway to make it 1.5″ higher and employed a bunch of workers for a three month job.

Bruce in NH on July 13, 2009 at 3:14 PM

LOL, I have lived in central NH for almost 40 years, except for a 3 year stint near you, in Newmarket, and as I recall Rt. 101 was always under construction.

BTW they’re repaving I-93 up here. Absolutely no need to, but it’s the “re-covery” project, remember?

Del Dolemonte on July 13, 2009 at 4:45 PM

By the way, that pic of Obama is my favorite.

Weight of Glory on July 13, 2009 at 3:05 PM

Same here. Looks like a 1960s album cover.

Del Dolemonte on July 13, 2009 at 4:48 PM

Some dumb-ass Democrat on Cavuto (with Stuart Varney) just defended TARP by saying that it was a two-year plan. Obama said the same thing about the stimulus bill. Is that their answer now? Everything is a “two-year plan”.

Funny, but when TARP and Stimulus were being debated I never heard anybody say that they were two-year plans. I heard all about the “immediate” impact they would have. But, now that they are not working, they were always two-year plans.

JohnInCA on July 13, 2009 at 4:57 PM

Pathetic.

Terrye on July 13, 2009 at 5:08 PM

NoDonkey on July 13, 2009 at 3:52 PM

Glad you got my looking at the pictures joke. You’re right…everything Obama is obscene!

redwhiteblue on July 13, 2009 at 5:20 PM

Anyone know why Pat Hynes changed the name of his blog? Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Del Dolemonte on July 13, 2009 at 5:47 PM

For crying out loud. Someone make it stop, JUST MAKE IT STOP ALREADY!!!!!

What nation will there be left to save in 2010 and 2012 at this rate?

Yakko77 on July 13, 2009 at 5:51 PM

Rte 17 – I-86 has been in the works for well over 15 years now. Too bad Pataki was out of office and all efforts stopped, until 2 years ago.

And for the record – for those “non NYkers” – that is some of the best fly fishing area on the east coast.

Odie1941 on July 13, 2009 at 6:16 PM

Obama: “It is working exactly as it is supposed to, exactly.”

GunRunner on July 13, 2009 at 8:18 PM

this is so Friggin insane
YOu might as well
GIVE every unemployed person 1 million dollars

For the ILLEGALS giver them 100,000.00 dollars

and then a plane ticket back to mexico

Hell
1. it would be cheaper
2. it would stop the illegal immigration (r until we go broke)
3. it would actually stimulate the economy (at least until we go bust)..

Morons and you liberals elected these IDIOTS..
Im gettin my guns ready..

http://www.veteranoutrage.com

veteranoutrage on July 13, 2009 at 8:22 PM

I’ve got an even better deal, give me 12.4 million and I’ll create 50 jobs for 4 years. Make the initial payout tax-free and I’ll make it 100 jobs.

Such a deal!

Merovign on July 13, 2009 at 8:43 PM

I live in NH, and all I can say is…”This is NOT the NH way.”
Gov. Lynch, Rep.Paul Hodes, Rep.Carol Shea-Porter,and Sen.Jeanne Shaheen, all need to go, we need to turn this state around and make it “red” again.

NotPC on July 13, 2009 at 10:27 PM

we need to turn this state around and make it “red” again.

NotPC on July 13, 2009 at 10:27 PM

I’ll be pulling for you. Live Free or Die is the best license plate saying of all!

redwhiteblue on July 14, 2009 at 12:56 AM

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