SC has received $442 million in stimulus money

Thursday, July 23, 2009 6:35 PM
Last updated 7:26 PM
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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: Governor’s office, $12,051,772; Lt. Governor’s 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 isn’t having the impact that was promised.

“There are lots of valid concerns that the stimulus spending isn’t 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. They’re financing this spending with run-away debt, and they’re expecting our children to take on this trillion dollar debt for us.”

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noone 07/23/09 - 07:27 pm
maybe there are jobs for

maybe there are jobs for people to work in those agencies. The majority should go to SCDOT to fix the roads&bridges in this state! Giving most of it to the health dept will not create jobs!!! it will create more government give away programs. this is BS!!! My tax money should not go to people too lazy to get a job.

lew767 07/23/09 - 08:30 pm
Is that why our wonderful

Is that why our wonderful horney Gov. Mark is on vacation ?

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