$500 million ‘green’ jobs training program a failure, Inspector General report says

Oct. 5, 2011, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government (ALG) today urged both houses of Congress to repeal the Department of Labor’s $500 million “green” jobs training program in response to an Inspector General report highlighting the program’s failures:

“When a program’s own Inspector General is calling for its elimination, you know it’s bad. The Department of Labor was given $500 million to find 80,000 people a so-called ‘green’ job, and instead has only found a fraction of that, at a cost of $25,000 per job placed. But even then it rigged its methodology to claim ‘green’ jobs that weren’t. The remaining $300 million should be returned to taxpayers, who were sold a hoax of a ‘green’ economy and ‘green’ jobs that don’t actually exist.

“We praise Congressman Darrell Issa for looking into this scam, and we urge a full investigation, including bringing Labor Secretary Hilda Solis before his committee to explain how she allowed hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to be wasted.”

Interview Availability: Please contact Rebekah Rast at (703) 383-0880 or at rrast@getliberty.org to arrange an interview with ALG President Bill Wilson.