The Stimulus at One: How Effective Has $787B Bill Been?

BY Carolyn O'Hara  February 17, 2010 at 6:15 PM EDT

On the first anniversary of President Obama’s signing of the $787 stimulus bill, Hari Sreenivasan spoke with Michael Grabell of ProPublica about how much has been spent, how much is left and how hard it is to count the number of jobs created and saved by the bill.

With our Patchwork Nation map, stocked with ProPublica data, you can explore how much your county is receiving in stimulus funds.

Recovery Act spending

The latest numbers (from December) show funding across the 12 community types Patchwork Nation has been tracking. College towns received the most money per person — $803. That’s just ahead of Boom Towns, which received $748 per person in stimulus funds. Big cities were close behind, as were Minority Central communities.

(One big caveat here: State capitals appear to be getting quite a bit of the money, in part because funds aimed at an entire state are listed in the data as going to the capital’s county. So Sacramento, for example, appears to have done well, even though much of that money is simply stopping there on its way to projects throughout California.)

We’ll have much more on the stimulus anniversary on Wednesday’s NewsHour. We’ve also pulled together some of the best stimulus reporting from local public media stations around the country:

So Where Are All the Jobs? WCPN looks around Northeastern Ohio for some of the jobs reportedly created by stimulus spending.

[Stimulus Check-in: Minority Businesses]( [[WNYC](, New York City] Bettina Damiani, project director for Good Jobs New York, and Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and CEO of PolicyLink, discuss the impact of the stimulus on low-income communities.

[Green Jobs Training]( [[Yellowstone Public Radio](, Montana and Northern Wyoming] Assessing how grants for green jobs training are affecting hard-hit workers in the electrical trade.

[You Decide: Is Stimulus Money for Transportation and Infrastructure Going to the Wrong States?]( [[KQED](, Northern California] Online poll designed to challenge your point of view on economic issues.