Q&A on the Democrats’ big idea: A job creation program
The Full Employment Project (FEP) that I run at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities commissioned a paper by Mark Paul, William Darity and Darrick Hamilton for a highly ambitious job guarantee program (CBPP doesn’t endorse this particular idea; it’s one of many our FEP wanted to get in the mix). Their program creates a new national agency, the National Investment Employment Corps, housed in the Labor Department, which provides employment grants to localities “to engage in direct employment projects. These projects should be designed to address community needs and provide socially beneficial goods and services to communities and society at large.” In other words, public jobs maintaining and improving public goods and providing educational and caring services (one problem here is a potential collision with public sector unions).
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