Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., will unveil a plan for the federal government to guarantee a job paying $15 an hour and health-care benefits to every American worker “who wants or needs one.” The jobs would be generated by public investments in projects ranging from the construction of new infrastructure to education.
According to The Post, Sanders’ plan would create 12 districts within the US that would approve jobs plans from municipalities, states, and American Indian tribal governments and then pass those plans along to the Labor Department for final approval. The plan would also utilize job training centers to train and connect workers with jobs on the new projects.
It is not clear when Sanders will announce the plan and a Sanders spokesperson told the Post that it was still being crafted.
Advocates also say that a jobs guarantee would help the government more swiftly respond to recessions since laid-off workers could be absorbed into the new program.
Other economists are not so sure about the plan since the cost would be incredibly high and could crowd out other public investments. Moody’s Analytics economist Adam Ozimek went even further and called the idea “ridiculous and economically illiterate.”
Outside of the economic argument, there is the political reality that such a program would be unlikely to pass Congress anytime soon and would likely be blocked by President Donald Trump. But, the idea appears to be taking hold among the more progressive wing of the Democratic Party, and it could feature heavily in the party’s next presidential primary.