Weekend reading: a State of Politics article about proposed legislation for a WPA-style jobs program in New York State

Posted by on May 30, 2020 in Faculty, Other | No Comments

Jeremy Cohan recently sent along a short article from State of Politics about a recent bill introduced by New York State Assemblywoman Pat Fahy, aimed at helping Millennials laid off from their jobs due to the COVID-19 shutdown. The legislation would create a new WPA-style program that would provide employment in fields like “contact tracing, conservation and climate mitigation.” In the article, Fahy says:

“Nearly one-third of those under 35 are out of work with the majority in low-wage, retail sector, or gig-economy jobs […] Creating the WPA-PR would provide young New Yorkers with good-paying jobs in the creative economy and bolster the state’s arts and cultural institutions. A bold investment like the WPA-PR would help create and train a new state green workforce, build clean-energy infrastructure, and reinvigorate the promise of the American Dream in NY.”

You can read the rest here.

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