This Act is intended to implement the recommendations in the December 9, 2015 Report of the Work A Day Earn A Pay Task Force, which recommended that the State of Delaware establish a Work a Day Earn a Pay (WDEP) Public Works Jobs Program in the State of Delaware. The WDEP Public Works Jobs Program is intended to be a State sponsored program aimed at unemployed workers and young adults entering the work force within the State. The goal of the WDEP Public Works Jobs Program is to provide entry-level positions for inexperienced or unemployed workers for public works projects. The WDEP Public Works Jobs Program is being created to reduce current unemployment rates and income disparities, aid economically disadvantaged populations, and help reduce crime rates in areas and populations with high rates of unemployment.
This same bill passed the Senate last year 13-7 but it went to die in the Conservative Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf’s favorite committee to kill progressive legislation: the House Economic Development/Banking/Insurance/Commerce Committee.
The Senate votes for the bill last year were as follows:
Yes Votes: Blevins, Bushweller, Ennis, Hall Long, Henry, Marshall, McDowell, Peterson, Poore, Richardson, Sokola, Townsend
No Votes: Bonini, Cloutier, Simpson, Hocker, Lawson, Lopez, Pettyjohn
SPONSORS: Marshall, Briggs King, Heffernan, Henry, Kowalko, McDowell, Osienski, Richardson
YES VOTES: 0
NO VOTES: 0
HISTORY: Assigned to the Senate Labor Committee.
STATUS: Awaiting Hearing in Committee.