In its report to the federal government last month, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation reported saving 18,229 correctional officer jobs since May by using the stimulus money to pay their salaries as the state struggled with a massive budget deficit.
State Auditor Elaine Howle questioned the total. The department is planning about 5,000 layoffs, less than a third of the jobs it claims to have saved.
The remaining 13,229 jobs appear never to have been in danger, Howle said in a letter to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders.
“It appears that Corrections simply reported how many correctional officers’ salaries were paid with Recovery Act funding, regardless of whether these positions were truly at risk of being eliminated without federal funding,” she wrote.
Over at the Examiner, Freddoso and Hemingway are keeping a running tally of phony stimulus jobs. This report brings the number up to approximately 90,000 out of 640,329 created or saved as reported on Recovery.gov’s front-page counter. Maybe we should set up our own counter that starts with their number and runs backwards.