So far, we’ve looked at the first 3 parts of Governor Romney’s jobs proposal and found that they would create about 6,500 jobs and also lose us a few.
Let’s move on to part 4: The Retraining and Reform Act. “Consolidate the sprawl of federal retraining programs and returns funding and responsibility for these programs to the state.”
So let’s dissect this on a couple of levels. First, let’s look at what he’s talking about. The U.S. Department of Labor (the department charged with keeping analyzing employment and unemployment trends) coordinates and funds a variety of employment training programs for older workers, vets, younger workers, general population. Click here to view their website.
As you can see, the U.S. Department of Labor makes it quite simple for you to see what retraining programs, both long and short term, might be available in your state. So the coordination of these programs does not seem to be an issue.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor knows what the unemployment problems are in your state. Better than your state. Why should states duplicate what the federal government already does and does better?
Again, like the first 3 of Governor Romney’s proposal, this does not create jobs.