More Funny Stimulus Numbers

by John J. Pitney, Jr.

California State Auditor Elaine M. Howle recently looked at how Caltrans, the state’s transportation department, was spending stimulus money. The Sacramento Bee reports:

Caltrans listed 680 stimulus-funded projects in its October quarterly report to the federal government, saying 152 projects created or retained at least one job. Howle’s auditors found that 94 of the 152 projects – which purportedly created or saved 892 jobs – hadn’t yet spent any stimulus money, “raising reasonable questions as to whether the Recovery Act’s impact is being overstated.” Caltrans spokesman Mark DeSio said officials merely followed federal guidelines for reporting the number of jobs created or preserved.