Robert L. Mitten: Fortify public works for jobs

April 10, 2014 

Regarding the April 7 letter “ Make jobless clean roadsides”: The authors should be commended for their thoughtful suggestion, but some of their facts are not quite right.

Unemployment insurance is an earned benefit, provided by the employer and normally included in a working individual’s compensation package. It is not “provided” by the legislature, and everyone who is unemployed is not automatically eligible for this benefit.

On the other hand, a public works project similar to the Work Progress Administration is a fantastic idea. It would get people off of unemployment insurance, but why stop at cleaning litter? We have a lot of problems with our transportation infrastructure that will have to be addressed sooner or later. Let’s get started now. It’s a “win-win” issue!

Robert L. Mitten

Raleigh

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