Citing a Washington Post report on the Stimulus, Sean Hannity opined, “the stimulus is failing.” In actuality, the report had no such indication. It merely stated, “many states are finding that the funds are not enough,” but included various examples that showed states would be much worse off without the stimulus funds.
Officials in some states say they are grateful for and satisfied with the money. Maine has had to lay off 250 people, but because of the stimulus it will be able to avoid more layoffs, even after discovering a new $570 million shortfall. “Without any recovery funds . . . we would be in a very, very different situation,” said Maine finance commissioner Ryan Low.
Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) said the state would have had to cut 7,000 jobs without the stimulus but ended up eliminating 1,500 mostly open slots. Maryland avoided layoffs with furloughs and by using an unusually large share of its stimulus funds in next year’s budget.