Paid your taxes? You’ll be glad to know part of your hard-earned cash is slated to be spent handing out superhero capes to the unemployed
The $73,000 program in Florida, dubbed the “Cape-A-Bility Challenge,” also features a cartoon character named “Dr. Evil Unemployment,” according to the Orlando Sentinel article.
Someone sane is trying to pull the plug on the whimsical plan.
“I have serious concerns with the content and approach” of the project, Cynthia Lorenzo, the executive director of Florida’s Agency for Workforce Innovation, wrote to Workforce Central Florida Executive Director Gary J. Earl. “With more than one million Floridians currently out of work, spending any amount of money on collateral materials such as the red capes included in your campaign appears to be insensitive and wasteful.”
The “Cape-A-Bility Challenge” is part of an “Everyday Superheroes” theme the agency has adopted, according to the Sentinel. Workforce Central Florida’s website features videos of employers, job seekers in capes similar to those the agency plans to distribute to the unemployed.
Earl, one of the Einsteins running a federally funded labor development agency that last year received almost $24 million in public money, said “not everyone will agree on creative strategy.”
Just guessing, but I think those who would agree the least are the jobless folks Earl wants to parade around town in one of his colorful capes.