Governor Branstad 2010 campaign manager Jeff Boeyink today released the following statement following the dismal report on I-JOBS released earlier today:
“These are short term construction jobs, not the long-term jobs Gov. Culver promised when he proposed I-Jobs. $1.7 billion for short term construction jobs is not a great return on investment for Iowa taxpayers. In fact, these short term jobs are costing Iowans over $240,000 a piece.
“Construction employment in Iowa is actually down 2,700 since the I-Jobs bill was passed and nearly 20,000 Iowans have been added to the rolls of the unemployed since this program began.
“In reality, the I-Jobs program has done next to nothing to create the long-term, sustainable jobs that Iowans so desperately need.
“These projects will only last until the money runs out. In fact, a number of these projects will need renovations by the time the state pays back the bond, which is more than two decades from now.
“It is time to again have a governor like Terry Branstad, who understands how to create long-term jobs in this state.”