The updated report, “Show Us the Stimulus (Again)” (pdf) was released yesterday by Good Jobs First.
The good news: some states have made dramatic improvements. Maryland led in the ratings, again, but two states that were at the bottom last summer are now termed “Cinderellas” and are in the top tier: Kentucky and Illinois. Minnesota and Utah also made huge strides.
On the 1-100 rating scale:
The Top: Maryland (87), Kentucky (85), Connecticut (80),
Colorado (72), Minnesota (72), Wisconsin (72), California (69), Illinois (69), Oregon (67), Massachusetts (65),
Georgia (64), West Virginia (64), New Mexico (62), New York (62), Pennsylvania (62), Montana (61) and
The bottom, starting at the bottom: North Dakota (5), District of Columbia (6),
Missouri (10), Alaska (13), Vermont (13), Louisiana (16), Mississippi (17), Idaho (18), Oklahoma (18), Texas
(18) and South Carolina (19).
Notable geo observations:
Geographic breakdowns (by county or other division) are less common than summaries of spending by
program category. Twenty-seven states provide geographic information, often with interactive maps.
Only three states—Kentucky, Maryland and Wisconsin—juxtapose the geographic distribution of
spending with patterns of economic distress or need within the state.
Besides overall spending amounts, state residents may be interested to know where individual ARRA
projects such as the repaving of a road or repair of a school building are taking place. More than half the
states (28) now have some kind of project mapping feature on their ARRA site.
- press release (pdf)
- DM podcast on previous report