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BEYOND THE NUMBERS
BEYOND THE NUMBERS
With Federal Funds Gone, States Take the Lead on Subsidized Jobs
I highlighted yesterday the success of a 2009 Recovery Act program through which 39 states and the District of Columbia placed 260,000 low-income parents and young people in subsidized jobs, mostly in the private sector. The federal funding for that program dried up a few years ago. But several states — recognizing that these programs hold huge promise for the long-term unemployed and others who often have great difficulty getting hired — have decided to use their own funds to create or expand subsidized jobs programs. Here are some examples:
- Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy this week proposed a $3.6 million initiative, targeted to the long-term unemployed, that will combine a job-readiness program, supportive services, financial coaching, and an eight-week paid work program. He also proposed expanding a program that offers two incentives to employers to hire additional employees: a six-month wage subsidy and grants to small manufacturers to train new workers.
- Colorado is implementing a two-year, $2.4 million subsidized jobs program targeted to non-custodial parents, veterans, and displaced workers aged 50 years or older who are below 150 percent of the poverty line.
- Nebraska, Minnesota, and California are starting or expanding subsidized programs for recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Nebraska plans to spend $1.1 million per year to operate a two-year pilot program. Minnesota plans to spend $2.2 million each year over the next two years on a new program to encourage employers to hire long-term TANF recipients. And California’s Governor Jerry Brown has proposed boosting funding for subsidized jobs by almost $100 million this year, to $134 million.
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