Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign says her new $125 billion economic plan for poor communities could result in up to 47,000 new jobs in North Carolina.
Clinton rolled out the plan Friday during a campaign stop at an elementary school in rural Bamberg County, S.C., and it drew immediate praise from N.C. Rep. Rodney Moore of Charlotte.
Clinton spoke to a largely African-American crowd as she pledged to help blighted communities. The campaign estimates that her plan, called the “Break Every Barrier Agenda,” would result in job opportunities for 42,000 unemployed young African-Americans and 5,000 unemployed young Latinos in North Carolina.
Clinton said her proposal would be modeled in part after a plan that U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn has been pushing for years that would send federal dollars to communities with persistently high poverty.
Clinton pointed to the plight of South Carolina’s rural schools.
“Here in South Carolina, if you look at life through the eyes of a child, a lot of small towns and rural areas here, you would see crumbling schools, decrepit conditions,” said Clinton, calling the South Carolina legislature’s failure to address rundown rural schools “shameful.”
In the school gymnasium where Clinton spoke, bullet holes formed spider-like patterns in windows near the ceiling. One of two bathroom stalls was out of order. The other did not lock.
“We’re just grateful it’s not raining today,” said Shannon Johnson, the school’s director of special education, a reference to the gym’s water-stained roof.
The Clinton economic proposal – funded by what the campaign calls a “tax on Wall Street” – includes $50 billion for job creation through competitive grants and expanded job training programs.
Moore issued a statement saying the plan is needed in North Carolina.
“Hillary Clinton’s plan to address unemployment amongst young North Carolinians is an important step forward, especially for communities of color,” Moore said. “For too long, the need of economic opportunity for young people of color has been ignored by Republicans in the General Assembly, which is why we need Hillary Clinton as our partner in the White House to help them get ahead and stay ahead.”
Clinton has been picking up support from North Carolina Democrats like Moore. All three of the state’s Democratic members of Congress have endorsed Clinton, and House Democratic Leader Larry Hall of Durham spoke at a grand opening last week for the new Clinton campaign office in Raleigh.