States hit hardest by the recession received only a few of the government's first stimulus contracts, even though the glut of new federal spending was meant to target places where the economic pain has been particularly severe.
USA Today reviewed details in the Federal Procurement Data System and this is what they found:
In Michigan, for example — where years of economic tumult and a collapsing domestic auto industry have produced the nation's worst unemployment rate — federal agencies have spent about $2 million on stimulus contracts, or 21 cents per person. In Oregon, where unemployment is almost as high, they have spent $2.12 per capita, far less than the nationwide average of nearly $13.
the first contracts have amounted to only about $7.42 per person on average in the eight states with unemployment rates higher than 10% last month. By comparison, government records show it has awarded about $26 worth of contracts per person in North Dakota, whose unemployment rate is the nation's lowest
Perhaps it's time to stop bringing in foreign guest workers and instead, states who have low unemployment numbers and big Stimulus bucks, recruit for workers in states with high unemployment numbers and no Stimulus bucks?
Nah, that would make way too much sense.