Briefing: The Empire State Jobs Program

May 15, 2001. The Fiscal Policy Institute joined the other members of the Campaign for the Empire State Jobs Program to organize a briefing on the program for state officials. The Empire State Jobs program is a transitional employment program that would provide work experience, training and other needed support services to public assistance recipients with serious barriers to employment and little or no paid work experience, particularly those who are close to reaching the five-year time limit on family assistance. Materials from the briefing include:

  • A new analysis of TANF spending in New York, by FPI economist Trudi Renwick
  • A press release from participating unions and community groups on the benefits of a Jobs Program for welfare participants, and the need for NYS to make more positive use of its TANF Surplus
  • A presentation on the key elements of the Empire State Jobs program prepared by Maurice Emsellem of the National Employment Law Project
  • A presentation by Steve Savner of the Center for Law and Social Policy on the success of similar programs in other states
  • A bill summary of the proposed Empire State Jobs Program legislation
  • A memo by FPI economist Trudi Renwick on the financing of the proposed Empire State Jobs Program and the savings that it would provide for local governments throughout New York State.

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