In a further effort to drum up support for the increasingly controversial $900 billion stimulus plan currently being considered in Congress, the Obama administration released a report today itemizing, by state, where the bill's funds would go.
The report lists the "immediate, tangible impacts" that the package would create per state, focusing on job creation, two key tax cuts, unemployment benefits, and funding for school improvements.
According to the report, states would receive aid roughly proportionate to their size. In the country's most thinly populated state, Wyoming, for example, the report says the bill would save or create 8,000 jobs over two years and make 200,000 workers eligible for tax cuts. That means another 2.8 percent of Wyoming's working-age population would have jobs available to them, and 70 percent would be eligible for "making work pay" tax credits.
Although California has 70 times Wyoming's population, the proportions would be similar, according to the report: 2.3 percent more of the working-age population could have jobs and 69 percent would get the tax credits for workers.
The job creation numbers for the report appear to have come from January 9 employment projections done by Christina Romer and Jared Bernstein, two of the administration's economic advisers. A call to the White House press office requesting more details on where information for the analysis came from was not immediately answered.
With the bill's victory in the Senate tenuous, President Obama has been active in trying to get the package passed. Today, he met with Senate Democrats and had separate talks with Maine's Republican senators, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, whose support is considered critical to bringing Republicans on board.