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Tim Pawlenty on Job Creation

June 13, 2011 at

PAWLENTY RHETORIC: “There's a number of things to restore manufacturing in this country. I grew up if in a meat packing town and I was in a union for six, seven years. I understand what it's like to see the blue collar communities and the struggles they've had.”

REALITY: PAWLENTYS RECORD ON JOB CREATION WAS NOT IMPRESSIVE

  • Minnesota Gained A Mere 6,200 Jobs Under Pawlenty. [Minnesota Public Radio, 12/22/10]

REALITY: PAWLENTYS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, JOBZ, WAS A FAILURE

  • JOBZ Program Was “The Cornerstone Of Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s Economic Development Efforts;” [Duluth News-Tribune, 12/21/05]
  • Pawlenty’s JOBZ Program Has “‘Little Impact’ On County-Level Economic Growth In Its First Three Years” And Had An Overall Record That Was “Mixed At Best;” [Brad Allen, MinnPost.com, 10/11/10]
  • 2008 Legislative Audit “Painted” Pawlenty’s JOBZ Program “As Ineffective, Unfocused And Lacking In Accountability;” [Associated Press, 2/8/08]
  • Legislative Auditor James Nobles: “What Is Lacking Here Is Any Sense Of Prioritizing Or Strategy;” [Associated Press, 2/8/08]
  • Legislative Auditor James Nobles Found That JOBZ Had “Not Met Its Goal Of Targeting Areas That Are Considered Economically Distressed;” [Minnesota Public Radio, 2/8/08]
  • Critics From Both “Left And Right And Some Economic Experts Have Said [JOBZ] Is Of Dubious Value;” [Star Tribune, 12/19/03]
  • Pawlenty’s JOBZ Program Was Criticized By The Republican Candidate For Minnesota State Auditor; [Hometownsource.com from ECM Publishers Inc, 10/7/10]
  • Star Tribune Editorial Headline: “One Major JOBZ Flaw Is Beyond Repair; It's Time For Legislature To Pull The Plug On Jobs Program.” [Editorial, Star Tribune, 2/19/08]

REALITY: UNDER PAWLENTY, MINNESOTAS UNEMPLOYMENT RATE GREW

  • Minnesota’s Unemployment Rate Grew From 4.6 Percent To 7.1 Percent Under Pawlenty. [Minnesota Public Radio, 12/22/10]
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