They’re from the government, you see, and they’re here to help you

Around 200 million federal dollars will soon rush into Georgia to allegedly spur hiring this summer.

The department is offering huge incentives to employers under two programs, TeenWork, which seeks to hire 15,000 teens this summer, and Jobs for Georgia, which will provide incentives for employers to hire 5,000 adult workers.

Under the TeenWork program, employers can hire youths aged 14-18 at a 100 percent subsidy paid by the state. Jobs are available June 1 to July 31, and applicants must come from homes earning less than 300 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $66,000 for a family of four.

B.J. Walker, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Human Services, says the cash will help spark economic recovery.

Yes, the commissioner of the Georgia DHS believes the foundations for economic recovery will be laid thanks to teenagers working for only eight weeks in low-skill occupations. Won’t she be surprised come August 1 when she learns it had no impact on the economy. No worries, though, ’cause it’s just tax dollars.

Also, please be sure to check out the Georgia TeenWork website, a program which your tax dollars also pay for. No fat in the budget, indeed!


  1. Dave Bearse says:

    Not much different than a $2,000 tax credit for a new hire when 90%+ of the new hires would be hired without the credit.

  2. Groundpounder says:

    DHS indeed. Thank God for HB 222 and SB 228 in 2009. They need to take more. The responsibility is just too much to understand. Ask any foster parent about the Foster Parent Bill of Rights and the lack of support. Also look at SB 79 HB 254 HB 245 and HB 246 of 2009. Tom Rawlings will be missed. (Office of the Child Advocate) The advocates effort to reign in the corruption of that organization is not over yet.

  3. btpull says:

    Too bad the increases in the minimum wage over the last couple of years has devastated teen employment opportunities.

  4. kim000 says:

    There is such a thing as complaining for complaining sake. And this is a prime example of people engaging in that. This unemployment problem has to be attacked on all fronts, and no matter what is done it will cost money. Tax cuts will cost money. Spending will cost money. But such is the state of the economy due to the instability introduced into it in 2008. Here you have a tax credit that encourages businesses to hire, while allowing teens the opportunity to still earn money during the summer to spend for school fees, school supplies, etc. The unemployment rate amongst teens is sky high; and if you don’t have young people entering the workforce that is a huge problem. So the choice is to (a) keep the economy spurred until it fully rebounds, or (b) do nothing since nothing is the only option that doesn’t cost money.

    • ByteMe says:

      kim000, just one correction: the instability was introduced much earlier than 2008, but instability is one of those things that the longer it is unstable, the bigger the destruction when it tries to get back to “stable”. It’s similar in nature to an avalanche.

      The rest of your post is on the money. Teens don’t have debt, so any money earned is either going to be spent on stuff, entertainment, or school and go right back into the economy. Contrast that with most adults who have debt and are working to pay down debt; some of their money is going into the banks (to pay off debt) and just sitting there helping the banks to prop up their balance sheets.

  5. Bucky Plyler says:

    This is more of been there & done that before. The Fed. gov’t used to have a program adminstered through Action, Inc. Local gov’t agencies hired the teenage employees through Action for the summer. Action paid them 100%[email protected] minimum wage with your tax dollars. It is a re-incarnated Democat idea..nothing new here..and we’re walking…

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