A Tale Of Stimulus Money In Portland

Jillian Bandes
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Posted: Jun 29, 2010 9:47 AM

An independent audit cannot confirm or deny whether the city's expenditure of $503 has actually increased employment in their area. Why? Part of it is slow implementation, because only 35 of those projects had actually begun hiring. That's a little embarassing considering they've already had the money for almost a year.

But it's also slow expenditures, because the government takes much longer than a private business to get money from the bank to a contractor, and then to a worker. There's also the issue of lost assets due to corruption and wasteful spending, a natural byproduct of any government-run program.

Still, city officials are simply concentrating on "ways to speed contract processing and construction permits as the economy improves.” Keep trying, boys.