Should those receiving welfare be made to work menial jobs to receive benefits?
According to the New York Daily News article, the Metropolitan Transit Authority eliminated 173 cleaning positions and wants to replace those folks with welfare recipients, who’d get no extra pay for their work.
The subway system participated in the free labor program for nine years, but stopped in 2008. Allegedly, the “free” labor was too expensive once MTA started paying unionized employees more to manage the cleaning crew.
While reading this story, I wondered how can a “Blue State” have a work program like this when “Red State” Georgia doesn’t?
It sounds like a good way to clean up trains, parks, schools, jails and streets. I’d chip in some cash to see the roads of DeKalb County denuded of signs affixed to every available telephone pole.
And able-bodied adults receiving public benefits while working “under the table” jobs would be discovered.
Curiously, those with a criminal background are exempt for New York’s Work Experience Program. That is a good idea, you don’t want criminals cleaning schools, but, for some, it also provides a twisted incentive to go shoplifiting.
New York officials did not immediately return my calls. I have lots of questions about how the program works. From what I could find online, the program was an idea of former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and has received mixed reviews.