There’s been criticism that the majority of Wisconsin jobs retained with federal stimulus dollars have been in the public sector, something Governor Jim Doyle responded to on Thursday
Did stimulus really save more than eight thousand jobs in Wisconsin? And why were the majority in the public service sector? The governor said federal stimulus dollars helped retain jobs in the private sector.
The state is reporting to the federal government that it used nearly $680 million in stimulus funds to save or create 8200 full-time jobs. Doyle concedes most are public sector jobs, but insists plenty of private sector jobs have be saved as well. Doyle said those public jobs are important, too, and wouldn’t be here if not for the federal stimulus dollars.