Better Workers for Better Jobs

Brief

Better Workers for Better Jobs

Improving Worker Advancement in the Low-Wage Labor Market
December 12, 2007

Abstract

Low-wage workers in the United States are falling further and further behind their higher-earning counterparts. This brief examines a discussion paper for The Hamilton Project, proposing a new federal funding stream to identify, expand, and replicate the most successful state and local worker advancement initiatives. Under the proposed Worker Advancement Grants for Employment in States (WAGES ) program, the federal government would offer up to $5 billion annually in matching funds
for increases in state, local, and private expenditures on worker advancement initiatives.

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