Thursday, January 20, 2011

The lost $billion

The ProPublica parsers have been compiling where stimulus money has been going.  They suggest what seems like an obvious news story about where the $$ has gone. 

Maybe the question to ask is where has the money NOT gone.. at least relatively. 

Their data for Allegheny County is online.  It says Allegheny County has received $867 million in stimulus moneys in total.  The thing is, they show that to come out to be $711 per capita, which turns out to be well below the Pennsylvania average of $1,291 per capita and just above half the national aveage of $1,400 per capita.   That is the story for what has been going on locally, where lots of proposals for stiumulus related funding have been turned down.  If we had received at the national per capita rate, there would have been almost another billion floating around somewhere. 

If you scroll down you can see the itemized list of recipients... my quick scan looking for the metaphorical $800 hammer didn't show me anything, but maybe a crowdsourced look will find something to note. There is a line item there for $840K for the Double Wide Grill which I presume is the place on Carson on the South Side.  I am pretty sure, and a note there seems to confirm, the $840K was not specific to them... just that they were a recipient of part of it. 


Anonymous MH said...

... my quick scan looking for the metaphorical $800 hammer didn't show me anything

It is the first one on the list.

Thursday, January 20, 2011 8:16:00 PM  
Anonymous The Wiz said...

add line item 6 to that big hammer

Thursday, January 20, 2011 10:21:00 PM  
Anonymous BrianTH said...

To be fair, the stimulus was supposed to be about addressing cyclical unemployment. Allegheny County has had less of a per capita cyclical unemployment problem than PA or the nation as a whole, so probably should get less per capita stimulus funding--exactly how much less could be debated, but my point is strict per capita equality probably isn't the right target.

By the way, I don't think the stimulus funds for the NSC were the proverbial hammer. You might make that argument about the fed's original decision to fund this project, but at this point completing it for the sum in question is well worth doing, particularly since almost all of the prior expenditures are sunk anyway.

Friday, January 21, 2011 8:04:00 AM  
Anonymous n'at said...

Found an outlier... Dauphin County, PA, funding per capita is $36,057. There are only three other counties above average: Montour, Lehigh and Centre.

Monday, January 24, 2011 5:39:00 AM  

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