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Friday, May 20, 2005

Senator concerned politics played role in base closings

From The Raw Story

In a carefully worded statement, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) questioned why states that supported President Bush's reelection (red states) had a net job gain of 11,000, while states that opposed Bush (blue states) lost nearly 25,000 positions.

[...]

The heaviest hemorrhaging of service jobs—8,586—are in Connecticut, home of Democratic Sens. Joe Lieberman and Chris Dodd.

The largest gains, meanwhile, are in President Bush's home state of Texas, which will see a net increase in military jobs by 6,150 under the plan.

Base Closing Job Loss/Gain for Red and Blue States

Red States
Alabama: + 2,664
Alaska: - 4,619
Arizona: - 550
Arkansas: + 3,585
Colorado: + 4,917
Florida: + 2,757
Georgia: + 7,423
Idaho: - 659
Indiana: + 2,197
Iowa: - 6
Kansas: + 3, 582
Kentucky: - 3,658
Louisiana: - 1,297
Mississippi: - 1,678
Missouri: - 3,679
Montana: -124
Nebraska: -213
Nevada: + 1,059
New Mexico: - 2,849
North Carolina: - 422
North Dakota: - 2,654
Ohio: + 241
Oklahoma: + 3,919
South Carolina: + 709
South Dakota: - 3,797
Tennessee: + 1,088
Texas: + 6,150
Utah: - 446
Virginia: - 1,574
West Virginia: - 251
Wyoming: + 37

Total Personnel/Job Gains: 11,852 (Net)

Blue States
California: - 2,018
Connecticut: -8,586
Delaware: + 91
District of Columbia: - 6,496
Hawaii: - 298
Illinois: - 2,698
Maine: - 6,938
Maryland: + 9,293
Massachusetts: + 491
Michigan: + 125
Minnesota: - 262
New Hampshire: + 4
New Jersey: - 3,760
New York: - 1,071
Oregon: - 1,083
Pennsylvania: - 1,878
Rhode Island: + 531
Vermont: + 56
Washington: + 760
Wisconsin: - 552

Total Personnel/Job Losses: - 24,289 (Net)