Saturday, May 14, 2005

Blue States Lose Far MoreJobs in Base Cuts

Politics at work? Critics question objectivity of the proposed cuts

By Matthew D. LaPlante
and Thomas Burr
The Salt Lake Tribune

Republicans angered that the process leading to base closures in 1995 was tainted by politics and posturing expressed relief that the latest round was kept hidden behind heavy security at the Pentagon.

"This was," explains U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, "the least political one I've been in."

But was it?

A Salt Lake Tribune analysis of Defense Department data shows "blue states" - those that voted for Democrat Sen. John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election - have been slated to lose a combined 24,289 military jobs while their "red state" counterparts will gain nearly 12,000 jobs.

On average, states that voted for President Bush in 2004 are slated to pick up 312 new jobs while Kerry-voting states will lose 1,179. Bush's home state of Texas - which lost 6,981 jobs in the last realignment round, has been recommended for gains of 6,150 this time around.



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