The White House touted the benefits of the federal stimulus package today on the law's one-year anniversary, as did the Patrick administration and the mayor of Boston, saying it had created or saved thousands of jobs.
The White House said in a statement that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act had, according to one group's estimates, created or saved 53,000 jobs in Massachusetts in 2009.
"Working with our federal Congressional delegation we’ve made sure that thousands of teachers, firefighters, police officers, construction workers and other jobs have been saved or created in Massachusetts," Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray said in a statement.
Mayor Thomas M. Menino released a one-year report highlighting the use of stimulus funds in Boston. The report said the city would receive $309 million for current and future projects, which would create over the next four years1,200 full-time equivalent jobs and more than 1,500 additional “spinoff” jobs.
Murray said that Republican Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts was "flat-out wrong" when he recently said the stimulus "did not create one new job."
But Brown spokesman Colin Reed shot back in a statement that "No amount of political spin can change the fact that we have lost jobs every month since the stimulus passed. Only in the alternative universe of Washington D.C. and Beacon Hill would they consider that a success."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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