As families gather for Thanksgiving, we should consider that in just a decade Georgia has deteriorated from average (ranking 22nd) to 4th highest for food insecurity in the nation. One in seven Georgia households experienced food insecurity during 2006-2008, according to the USDA. These sobering numbers highlight the importance of focusing solutions on combating hunger and poverty in our communities.
On Thursday, the government released data claiming $16 billion in stimulus money has saved or created 30,383 jobs. Extrapolating those numbers, the administration’s chief economist estimated total stimulus spending would mean more than 1 million new or saved jobs. But do the 30,000 jobs represent a good return? And since the federal contracts for which data was reported this week represent just a sliver of the overall stimulus package, what do they really say about the impact of the stimulus as a whole?