Base closings reward Red states, punish Blue

by Caleb Reading

http://rawstory.com/exclusives/byrne/lautenberg_brac_base_closures_520

A Democratic senator has raised questions on whether politics played a role in a Pentagon proposal to close and transfer jobs from U.S. military bases in a report analyzing the net job loss/gains, RAW STORY has learned.

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.

“My hope was that [Base Realignment and Closure] decisions were completely removed from politics but the total numbers do raise some questions,” Lautenberg said.

The Pentagon denies politics played any role.

And here’s the data:

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)

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