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Even Al Franken's got one

There sure are a lot of job-promoting tax-credit proposals out there.

By Ezra Klein  |  February 1, 2010; 4:17 PM ET
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The Franken proposal doesn't sound bad. But why not go for a full WPA? Whatever else one might say about the wisdom of the Works Progress Administration, it had a lasting legacy. There are parks, bridges and schools still in use today. Projects often involved training, which proved to be useful once we entered World War II. Tons of now classic public buildings. The Griffith Observatory. The Timberline Lodge. The Merritt Parkway.

There was a lasting positive legacy to the WPA. Couldn't hurt, even if launched on a smaller scale.

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | February 1, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Rep. Conyers has one, too, the SHARE Credit Act of 2009. It would reduce layoffs and incentivize hiring by allowing workers to keep their full pay while reducing their hours. Seventeen states have used similar programs to save jobs during this recession, and many other countries, such as Germany and Netherlands, have used work sharing to keep their unemployment rates from rising significantly, despite being hit as hard as the U.S. has by the recession.

Posted by: nwoo | February 1, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

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