WISC EDITORIAL AGENDA 2014 - ONE MADISON - CLOSING
THE EMPLOYMENT GAP
The racial disparities in our communities are all
the more troubling and embarrassing for the fact that
solutions are available.
We've just chosen not to pursue them.
There are proven strategies for helping all our kids
succeed, for hiring and for keeping Black men from
disproportionately populated our prisons.
Other communities have adopted them.
We have not.
That's we're the worst in the nation.
This week, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi took a
major step toward addressing the employment gap.
Working with a Milwaukee model, and partnering with
organizations like the Urban League of Greater of
Greater Madison, Operations Fresh Start and the Nehemiah
Community Development Association, Project Big Step
will recruit and train individuals to address worker
shortages in the construction industry.
If done right, and we believe it will be, it will
help close the racial employment gap.
And that makes project Big Step, step one.