South Carolina Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom announced today that agencies and programs in his state have now received $442 million in federal stimulus money.
The breakdown of those funds, according to a release, are as follows: Governors office, $12,051,772; Lt. Governors office, $222,372; Department of Commerce, $2,689,009; Department of Education, $17,178,039; Department of Health and Environmental Control, $2,319,928; Department of Health and Human Services, $309,522,688; Department of Public Safety, $23,154,268; Department of Social Services, $8,611,027; Department of Transportation, $23,782; and the Employment Security Commission, $66,244,684.
In the release, the comptroller questions the effectiveness of the stimulus so far, noting that It becomes clearer by the week that the stimulus isnt having the impact that was promised.
There are lots of valid concerns that the stimulus spending isnt being directed toward things that will create jobs, and that the economic downturn was simply used to expand government, he stated in the release. And, of course, Congress has no money available for any of this. Theyre financing this spending with run-away debt, and theyre expecting our children to take on this trillion dollar debt for us.