Lars Larson on the Governor playing with unemployment numbers.

Governor Kulongoski says he has some jobs for Oregonians.

Just imagine, 12,000 jobs the Governor is offering and what do those jobs involve doing? Cutting brush. They pay between minimum wage, about $8.50/hour, all the way up to about $10/hour and they’ll last all summer.

I think the primary purpose of this is for Kulongoski to take a whole bunch of people off the unemployment rolls. That will allow the Governor to improve his unemployment statistics without really improving them much at all.

When those people go back on unemployment they’ll be renewed for another 79 weeks, or whatever it is now for the maximum you can collect. And this is a “jobs program”?

We learned this week that after six years of asking the Governor might actually come onto my radio program. I’ll treat him respectfully, but I won’t hold back on the hard questions. He needs to answer why he hasn’t done more for Oregon.

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  • Anonymous

    This raises a few questions. Will these be SEIU or AFSCME union-dues paying jobs? Will some of this public expenditure find its way into Dem campaign coffers – you know, pay-to-play? Or is that part being taken care of in the Obama Stimulus?

  • Rupert in Springfield

    I had no idea you could pay someone for this sort of work and not be subject to little Davis Bacon.

    Indirectly Ted has just solved part of the states budget defect. If you can now suddenly pay someone minimum wage for brush clearing and maintenance sort of work, we can now proceed to get rid of all the inflated wages paid in this state under Oregon’s Davis Bacon.

    Looks like road maintenance costs are going to be going down real quick!

    This could be the first smart thing Ted has done as governor.

  • anonymous

    Ted is not smart, never has been. He’d show how truly dopey and dumb (that’s just two of the dwarfs) he is by going on Lars show. No match.

  • Bob Clark

    Here’s another reason the governor’s proposal is a bad idea. I would bet a very large fraction of this work will end up being done by undocumented, non-resident workers because most other folks don’t make a living going out in the woods for $8 an hour. Moreover, most other folks won’t have to take this work to continue collecting unemployment benefits. Just like Governor Kookongowski’s tax credit schemes there’ll be a lot of leakage of dollars to outside the state in this proposed state spending.

    Salem acts, we the average Joe and Jane lose as usual.

  • Joe

    This is a living wage for people who need it. And we need the brush cut. I say full steam ahead.
    Ted is brave.
    Our land will be saved.
    Profits will be made.
    With this great wage.

  • che’s ghost

    Temporary employment is a stopgap until the larger economy picks up again. 3 months of wages for useful work beats 3 months of going without. Cut the working stiffs a break here Lars.

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