I first saw it on Minnesota “Progressive” Project last night – Governor Dayton has announced his “bonding plan”.
And here was the claim:
In contrast to the upcoming ballot measure open season the Republicans will be envisioning instead of working on a bonding bill, Gov. Mark Dayton released his bonding bill proposal today. Dayton’s plan would put 25,000 Minnesotans to work in every corner of the state. It would cost $775 million.
The reverberations throughout our economy of putting 25,000 people to work would be significant. These people would spend money in their communities, increasing the income of people in the service industries.
These are the almighty “infrastructure projects” that Libs are talking about these days.
But after our experience last week – where Dayton’s “Jerbs Plan” turned out to be a meaningless deduction equal to about a month of $15/hour employment – I remembered the great dictum one must always observe when reading liberal commentators:
Distrust, but verify. Then, almost inevitably, distrust some more.
So I ran the “numbers”, such as they are.
The “plan” calls for $775,000,000, and will supposedly provide 25,000 jerbs.
So when you divide $775,000,000/25,000, you get $31,000 per job.
That’s a little under $15 an hour, on average (and probably lower, since presumably some of those 25,000 people will have to be DFL/union-connected bureaucrats to manage everything, who are just a little more equal.
And when Eric “Big E” Pusey gushes (or, presumably, takes dictation from some
Dayton Administration spokesbot the Alliance For A Better Minnesota) that…:
The projects included in his proposal are ‘shovel ready’ and would improve our state’s infrastructure.
…perhaps he should add that the workers will actually need to bring their own shovels – because creating 25,000 $14-and-change/hour jobs out of $775,000,000 leaves no money left over for shovels. Or concrete. Or macadam, asphalt, aggregate, or even paint.
Pusey’s number, in short, is baked wind.
Just like every number the
Dayton Administration Alita Messinger and the Alliance For A Better MInnesota have put out so far this year.
Yeah, I know – Pusey’s probably conflating the phantom jobs in the Jerbs Bill with the fantasy numbers in the Bonding Bill. I’m probably jumping on the wrong thing, because he’s probably
writing taking dictation about the wrong connection.
More on that later today.
(With a tip ‘o the hat to Sarge, who did the math just about the time I was thinking about doing the math…)