S.C. Comptroller Richard Eckstrom is hoping to play a role in re-figuring how stimulus jobs are counted.
Wednesday, Eckstrom sent a letter to his fellow members of the National Governor's Association Job County Task Force, outlining several recommendations on how to count jobs created by federal stimulus funds.
Some Republicans and Democrats became upset this week after learning a federal Web site reported $40.7 million in stimulus money had gone to seven nonexistent congressional districts in South Carolina to save or create 46 jobs. The Palmetto State only has six U.S. House districts.
"Current federal guidelines for counting jobs are inconsistent, unnecessarily complex, and produce inflated job-creation figures -- all which undermine the goal of transparency," Eckstrom wrote.
His recommendations include counting only new jobs that can be verified and creating new categories for the created jobs.