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ELEVATE Recommendations—Heartland Alliance

by Caitlin C. Schnur; Chris Warland; Melissa Young

Jun 6, 2018

In the last month, we've been excited to see and be part of the growing national conversation about the need for a national subsidized employment and transitional jobs program. Yesterday, Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore, released a draft bill for public comment called the "Economic Ladders to End Volatility and Advance Training and Employment(ELEVATE) Act of 2018."


The ELEVATE Act would provide resources to states to design and implement subsidized employment and transitional jobs programs targeted to individuals facing barriers to employment. Under Senator Wyden's proposal, the program would expand to provide access to employment for people who have lost their jobs during economic downturns.


Heartland Alliance appreciates the opportunity to submit feedback on the Economic Laddersto End Volatility and Advance Training and Employment (ELEVATE) Act of 2018, which wouldestablish a new subsidized employment and training program for the long term unemployedand individuals facing barriers to employment. Our comments begin with background andresearch findings related to these program and policy strategies. Heartland Alliance hasthen enumerated legislative recommendations specific to the ELEVATE Act of 2018 andadditional considerations beyond these specific recommendations. When appropriate,Heartland Alliance has provided rationale for our recommendations based on researchevidence and our over two-decades of experience designing, implementing, evaluating, andadvocating for these program models.