The largest share of those jobs is in the district of the sole member of the state’s congressional delegation to oppose the legislation, according to a White House breakdown.
Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito’s 2nd House district is slated for 6,900 jobs, compared to 6,600 for the 1st District and 6,400 for the 3rd. Capito voted against the initial House version of the bill as well as the compromise that advanced last week — as did all GOP members present for each roll call.
The state’s districts have roughly equal populations. Capito’s encompasses 18 counties and stretches from the Kanawha Valley, home of the state capital, to the Eastern Panhandle.
Capito explained her stance against the legislation during a closed-door Tuesday meeting with Republicans in the state House of Delegates, where she once served.
‘‘She reiterated some of her concerns about generational debt,’’ spokesman Jonathan Coffin said afterward. ‘‘Everyone understands that we’re in a challenging economic environment... We need a stimulus package. She did not think this was the right one.’’
West Virginia can expect $1.38 billion in direct aid from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, according to the tracking service Federal Funds Information for States. With 39 spending areas outlined by the final bill, the largest portion is $228 million for highways and bridges, about 16.5 percent of the state’s total.
Money to shore up the public schools budget is the next-largest share, at $218 million. Other major categories include water-related projects, weatherization and state energy programs.
U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-WVa, cited a White House estimate of $1.6 billion for the Mountain State’s share, including $450 million in temporarily increased Medicaid funding. That estimate pegged the highway and bridge portion at nearly $211 million.
The bill will create ‘‘badly needed jobs for West Virginians’’ and help rebuild infrastructure, Rockefeller said in a statement. He added, ‘‘We simply couldn’t wait for the economy to fix itself — there is far too much at stake, far too many jobs already lost in our state, and far too many families struggling right now.’’
Most of the stimulus money is expected to flow through channels that already provide federal funding to state programs and agencies. Gov. Joe Manchin is looking to the bill’s language for specifics on how the state’s share can be spent, spokesman Matt Turner said.
‘‘Once we have that information and know how it can be directed, we expect the agencies to prioritize based upon factors such as the most need and the money that is allocated,’’ Turner said.
The House of Delegates approved plans Tuesday for a special oversight committee. The bipartisan panel aims to find ways to make the most of the funding, provide for a fair and transparent spending process and identify ‘‘those projects and sectors that provide the best opportunity for long term job creation and economic growth,’’ the resolution creating it said.
West Virginia lost 11,800 jobs in November and December, the latest state figures show. Federal officials estimate that another 16,460 residents filed initial unemployment claims in January, 11,933 more than during that same period in 2008.
The nonpartisan FactCheck.org recently analyzed dueling claims about the stimulus package and found that while Obama’s jobs figures come from at least three economists, ‘‘all say there is great uncertainty in their estimates.’’
Capito supported a GOP-proposed, tax-cut-heavy alternative to the successful bill, which Republican analysts estimate would have created or saved 35,000 Mountain State jobs. FactCheck.org said ‘‘their calculation is even more fraught with uncertainty and is not backed up by independent economists.’’
Coffin said the GOP figures came from the same model developed by the Obama administration for its jobs estimates.