Workers can train for jobs in the nuclear power industry at a $107,000 federal stimulus-funded computer lab housed at a union hall in Chattanooga, which workers began using last month, the Times Free Press reports.
“Local Union 226 of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades on Wednesday debuted its Nantel Computer Training Lab, which provides access to tests needed to work in a nuclear power facility. The tests are part of a nationwide Internet-based system — the National Academy for Nuclear Training e-Learning system — that provides free courses in areas such as plant access and radiation protection.
“The lab is open to anyone, regardless of occupation or union affiliation, trying to find work in a nuclear power facility, Susie Friel, director of the lab, said.”
In other stimulus news, a recent claim by President Obama that the federal stimulus has been delivered speedily and under-budget is only half-true, according to the news website ProPublica together with PolitiFact, a site that rates the truthfulness of politicians’ statements.
Obama made this claim during an interview on the most recent 60 Minutes: “One of the interesting things about the Recovery Act was most of the projects came in under budget, faster than expected, because there’s just not a lot of work there.”
ProPublica and PolitiFact researched the statement and found it to be a stretch. A big problem is that there’s just no data available to test the statement in an empirical way.
But ProPublica did its own number-crunching, analyzing the stimulus money that flowed through the Federal Highway Administration. It found that 45 percent of the projects have been completed, and of those, 51 percent were completed earlier than the estimated date.
“Several hundred projects had no estimated date.
“In the case of the Federal Highway Administration, Obama could rightly claim that ‘most’ projects have come in faster than expected (though barely, at 51 percent). But this is just one agency.
“As with the claim about projects coming in under budget, Obama would have been on firm ground had he said ‘many’ projects have come in faster than expected. Many have. But many have not. And if the claim is based on meeting a deadline to outlay funds, the overall target of 70 percent was reached — barely — by the end of September. That’s only faster than expected if you expected the government to fail.”