$500M Stimulus Jobs Cost $80,000 Per Job

A hearing today in the House revealed that $500 Million in stimulus funds went to train workers for ‘green’ jobs. In the end, the 6,200 workers who had no work, cost the taxpayers $80,000 per job.

Hilda Solis

Remember Hilda Solis, the Secretary of Labor, who hadn’t paid taxes since 1983 until she had to go through a Congressional confirmation?

Ms. Solis reviewed the status of a $500 million program financed under the stimulus bill to train workers for green jobs. About 52,000 people have been trained and the total will reach 96,000, she said.

But Jason Chaffetz, Republican of Utah, pointed out that most of those trained already had jobs (“incumbent workers,” the government calls them) and that only about 6,200 had gotten jobs classified as green, at a cost of roughly $80,000 per job. And some of the jobs, he said, were in overhead line construction and automotive technologies. “These don’t sound quite as green,” he said.

Ms. Solis said giving new skills to people who already had jobs would help them keep their jobs and earn more money. She said in testimony that the country must “out-educate, out-innovate, and out-build our global competitors.” Read entire story at The New York Times.

Congressman Darrell Issa started the meeting with this:

“We’re looking at the accuracy of your numbers here today,” Issa said. “We already have the proof that it cost a fortune to get very few jobs. Now, we look at those jobs and we find out that those jobs are so broadly defined so that you’ve got a lot less real jobs created than even the pitiful numbers that it’s showing.” Source: The Daily Caller

Issa alleged that the administration was inflating the number of “green” jobs, and counting everyone working in mass transit [no matter how dirty the job].

“Three years and billions of taxpayer dollars later, the American people have received very little return on the president’s signature investment,” Issa said.

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis pointed to a separate study claiming 2.7 million Americans are in “clean economy” positions.

But Republicans said the working term the government is using is far too broad, suggesting officials were trying to pad the figures.

“It’s offensive,” Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla., said, raising his voice while questioning Solis.
Mack argued that just because a bus driver is driving a hybrid bus doesn’t mean it’s a green job.

“Yes it is,” Solis countered.

“It’s only a green job if it fits into your sales pitch,” Mack shot back. Read more at foxnews.com

We have an Obama Cabinet full of ignoramus’. With millions out of work, we’re training those with jobs, to do something green, like drive a hybrid bus. Bus drivers who didn’t drive hybrids were trained to do so. Somewhere…somewhere, in some piece of Obama legislation is a stipulation that green jobs get paid Union scale whether they are Union or not – or maybe there is no such thing as a green job that is not Union???

Posted by Maggie @ Maggie’s Notebook