In an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Gov. Jennifer Granholm stated that the stimulus had created or retained 36,000 jobs in Michigan
. However, it appears her administration's own count of the figures says that figure is inflated. A running tally on www.michigan.gov/recovery
shows that the figure is 19,498.
But even then, it is unclear what the figures cover. It is unknown how many of jobs are full or part-time, temporary or long-term, created or retained. But more important is to consider what would have happened in lieu of the stimulus and for all time periods. Sound policy requires that we consider long-run effects and all people, not simply short-run effects and a few people.
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