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Multnomah adds 100 jobs

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Multnomah County's 2010-2011 budget that went into effect July 1 included money for 142.3 additional full-time-equivalent positions.

In contrast, nearby Washington and Clackamas counties lost 26 and 28 jobs respectively.

What's going on? County Chairman Jeff Cogen on Wednesday called the job expansion a "good news story." For one thing, he said, more than 100 of the jobs were paid for using federal and state dollars and new employees are staffing much-needed programs.

"I understand how people could say, 'Why are they adding jobs at a bad time?'" he said.

But the Obama administration's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (more commonly known as the stimulus program) is paying for 105 jobs, many at a new health clinic in Gresham's impoverished Rockwood neighborhood, and others to create health- programs, he said.

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just plain dick
0 #1 just plain dick 2010-07-15 11:40:45
"WHAPATO"!!!!! Cant open the jail but can fund health care for illegal aliens. What a country! Government Jobs, who funds them when the stimuless runs out.
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0 #2 Carrie 2010-07-15 12:53:39
more government employees while the rest of us in the private sector work ourselves to death so the government can take our profits,why bother anymore?When will they wake up?The government stimulas money didnt come out of the thin air.
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Mark Salser
0 #3 A Bad Joke on Taxpayers . . . and Maybe the New Employees ThemselvesMark Salser 2010-07-15 20:42:17
What a time to be growing the public payroll.

I'm happy for the individuals who are hired for these positions, but they (and all of us) need to realize that jobs in the public sector aren't "real", in the sense that they are not self-sustaining . Unless the federal government prints more money to give Multnomah County more money next year the only way these jobs will continue is if the County raises taxes on local residents to pay for them!

A new private sector job _might_ generate enough revenue to continue in the future, but the only way new public sector jobs can continue is by raising taxes and taking more money from the rest of us.

Until each and every one of us understands that, and _thinks_ about it every time similar issues come up it will always be too easy to believe that stimulus jobs (public _or_ private) are actually beneficial.

They might seem to be, at least in the short term, but even there we must remember that the money wasn't created out of thin air. The government had to take it from us, or print more money that decreases the value of each dollar we all have to spend on things like mortgages, and food, and health care, which all cost just a bit more to fund those "stimulus" jobs.
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0 #4 Government EmployeesAnonymous 2010-07-19 14:24:16
Believe it or not, people who get hired at the County are people from the "private" sector. A job anywhere is great and the people who get them after being laid off in the private sector are extremely happy to have a pay check and provide service to the residents of the County.
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