June 14, 2018

Bold Federal Jobs Program is Long Overdue [Orlando Sentinel]

This post was last updated on December 8, 2021. As new policies are announced, FPI will update this page.

As Florida’s response to COVID-19 takes front and center, concern grows for low-income families who struggle to take precautions against the spread of the virus. Although Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address, at least in part,  the public health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19, many barriers continue to keep struggling families from accessing the assistance they need during the pandemic. As Florida initiates policies implementing the Act and addressing other barriers to the safety net, FPI will update this form. When available, hyperlinks are provided to agency documents or statements that provide greater detail  about the new policy.

On March 22, 2020, FPI and 44 other organizations sent a letter to Governor DeSantis, leadership in the Legislature and agency heads to urge action on 47 specific policy changes to reduce unnecessary barriers for Florida’s safety net programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the letter here.

The last recession officially ended in 2009, but you wouldn’t know it in many communities across the country. While a few have amassed great wealth, working families in every state struggle to put food on the table. A proposal sponsored by Sen. Cory Booker to create jobs through a federal program offers the bold action needed to reverse this deeply entrenched inequality.

The Federal Jobs Guarantee Development Act would provide a job for every adult seeking one through a three-year pilot program, beginning with 15 municipalities across the country. Through public-works and community-development projects, these urban and rural localities would create jobs that provide the greater of $15 per hour or the prevailing wage, plus health insurance, and paid family and sick leave. Projects would be encouraged to address priorities, such as infrastructure improvements like repair and maintenance of roads and bridges, and providing care for children, seniors and those with disabilities.

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