22 December 2009

W.Va. Again to Count Stimulus Spending, Jobs

As with other recipients of federal stimulus funds, West Virginia officials are gearing up for the next round of disclosures meant to detail how the money's been spent and whether it's created or saved any jobs, The Associated Press reports.

The numbers will become public at the end of January, f0llowing reviews on both the state and federal level during much of that month.

AP had reported on the spending and jobs figures from West Virginia's first stimulus disclosure. As the latest article explains, "The initial round of reporting counted a little more than 2,400 jobs retained or created between February's passage of the massive legislation and the end of September. They were linked to around $191.8 million from West Virginia's estimated $1.8 billion share of the stimulus."

"Gov. Joe Manchin's stimulus coordinator, Danny Scalise, is standing behind the administration's portion of West Virginia's figure," the article said, but it adds that a review "suggests problems with some of the other jobs claims behind West Virginia's tally."

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