Two WaPo posts for your entertainment: First, when it comes to fixing the recklessly drafted tax bill, the D’s have some leverage. I offer some thoughts on how they should use it.
Second, my old friend Larry Kudlow’s going to be heading Trump’s NEC. Some reflections on about 25 years of arguing with the dude.
Readers know I’ve long been promoting subsidized jobs programs. Even as we close in on full employment, there are still significant pockets of folks who have difficulty finding their way into the job market. Sometimes it’s a supply-side problem–skills, health, criminal record, discrimination–sometimes, demand side, as in not enough jobs.
I’m often asked: what will these folks do? Well, some programs subsidize private sector jobs, so the answer is: the same stuff everyone else does. But other ideas involve the public sector creating employment opportunities, which can range from child care, educational assistance, maintaining public properties, and more.
This WaPo article told the story of “the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program. Created through a partnership between DC Water and the Water Environment Federation, the program educates and trains new workers in how to build, inspect and keep up green infrastructure like rain gardens, roof gardens and pavement that absorbs water. The projects can slow, clean and sometimes reuse storm water that otherwise would flow dirty and unchecked into area waterways.”
Great idea! And, just to be clear, this is an existing program. When I talk about these ideas for jobs programs, people sometimes react as if I’m way outside the box. In fact, we’ve had long experience with public job creation, and have some informed ideas about what works and what doesn’t.
More to come on that…