A Job Guarantee Plan to Reduce Poverty, Unemployment, and Race Riots
In 1967, the President's National Advisory Commission on Rural Poverty created a report called The People Left Behind. As the commission's name suggests, the focus of the report was on reducing rural poverty, a topic of great political interest at the time due to the recent rediscovery that there were a lot of poor rural people in the South. In light of all the recent chatter about a federal job guarantee program (Rolling Stone, The Nation, Jacobin), I thought one of the proposals of this report might be of some interest.
On page 19 of the report, under the heading "Guaranteed Employment", the Commission recommends:
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