This article by Carolina Journal reporter Don Carrington, points out how the Obama Jobs Plan only provides funding to states, such as North Carolina, "to save the jobs of up to 13,000 North Carolina teachers, cops, and firefighters" for one year.
Below are some excerpts from the article, If you go to the Carolina Journal page to read the entire article, be sure to scroll down the page for the chart that has a breakdown of how the money would be distributed by state.
The excerpts follow:
- A White House press release describing the benefits to North Carolina was more specific. “These funds would help states and localities avoid and reverse layoffs now, and will provide $900,300,000 in funds to North Carolina to support 13,400 educator and first responder jobs.”
- As in the president’s comments, the White House press release does not specify how long the jobs would be funded. Dividing $900,300,000 by 13,400 yields $67,186.57 to cover salary, benefits, and any other costs associated with providing each job in North Carolina. Since the average annual cost of teacher pay and benefits in the state is $56,000, funding in Obama’s jobs bill would cover a little more than one year of compensation.
- Sections 204-209 of the bill include provisions requiring states to “meet the requirements” of the law for an additional two years. A White House spokeswoman told Carolina Journal that the bill includes no unfunded mandates. But unless North Carolina picks up the funding for these positions after the first year, it’s unclear how the teachers and first responders supported by it would be paid.
Click the link below to read the entire article:
Obama Plan: Teacher Jobs One Year Only