Stimulus Czar: Cynics can’t deny the job saving impact (video)

The U.S. House passed a $26 billion aid package Tuesday that will prevent thousands of teachers and civil servants from being laid off.

Republicans contend the bill does little to fix the overall economy and amounts to  “a special interest bailout.”

Dempsey Benton, director of the Office of Economic Recovery & Investment, says it’s impossible to dismiss the impact of stimulus money in helping North Carolina survive this recession.

He notes that North Carolina has been able to save or create 90,000 jobs thanks to nearly $10 billion in federal stimulus funds over the past 18 months.

Benton talks about recovery funds and accountability this weekend on “News & Views.” For a preview of his radio interview with Chris Fitzsimon, please click below:

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2 Comments

  1. Chris Hatfer

    August 11, 2010 at 11:51 am

    If my math is correct, that’s about $111,000 for each one of the rental jobs. Too bad I didn’t get one now ! With all of his retirement funds, Dempsey should be giving this job to someone who really needs it.

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    August 13, 2010 at 12:25 pm

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