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Shovel un-ready: biggest stimulus projects deliver less than 20 percent of promised jobs in Palm Beach County

by George Bennett | July 24th, 2011

"Shovel-ready was not as shovel-ready as we expected," Obama said in June.

More than two years after Congress approved a $787 billion stimulus bill to create jobs, the largest stimulus-funded projects in Palm Beach County have created less than 20 percent of the jobs once promised, The Palm Beach Post‘s Charles Elmore reports today.

Some of the projects have been delayed and might bring employment in the future.

But a completed Tequesta Bridge replacement project, which wrapped up in December after getting $2.7 million in stimulus money, delivered only 22 jobs rather than the 123 projected. Similarly, a Forest Hill Boulevard resurfacing in Wellington that got $5.2 million in stimulus money generated only 32 of 121 projected jobs. And a just-completed Military Trail resurfacing south of Lake Worth Road got $6.9 million from the stimulus for 15 full-time jobs rather than the 121 envisioned.

Read The Post‘s analysis here.

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4 Responses to “Shovel un-ready: biggest stimulus projects deliver less than 20 percent of promised jobs in Palm Beach County”

  1. Pablo Says:

    Not suprised.

  2. Same Old, Same Old Says:

    And the big surprise is?

    The long beleaguered American people will show their constant disapproval of congressional failures in the poles, and in the next election – hopefully with a clean sweep to get rid of both the socialists and those traditionally profiting from the dirty corrupt business of crony capitalism.

  3. Please tell me... Says:

    And all of the jobs mentioned are no longer needed, now that the projects are completed.

  4. Paul Says:

    The biggest surprise is that they provided any jobs at all.

    You didn’t really believe the president when he said giving all that money to his campaign donors was about jobs, did you?

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