Guaranteed Jobs Idea Gains Steam with Center for American Progress Proposal

May 18, 2018

The left-leaning think tank's plan promises to generate four million jobs through creating federally-run programs and a jobs guarantee for long-term residents of economically distressed areas.

The plan by the Center for American Progress (CAP) includes many items on the Democrats' wish list.  CAP expects that the jobs created would "pay wages consistent with proposals to raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2024 and index it to median wages thereafter."  In addition, so-called "nationwide investment jobs" would provide benefits such as health care, paid sick days, and comprehensive paid family and medical leave.

Others putting forth guaranteed job plans include the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College.  Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA) are working on their own respective proposals, and a number of other Democratic legislators have endorsed the idea.

2020 preview: Some early primary election results have shown a shift to the left among Democratic candidates.  With the ascendance of a farther-left-than-usual slate of Democratic presidential candidates, the proposal—or one like it—could gain serious attention should Republicans lose significant ground in the 2018 and 2020 elections.