District Officials should know by now that simply mandating that city residents be hired for new jobs doesn’t work. Its First Source law requiring city-resident labor for taxpayer-funded projects has been largely ineffective, serving the needs neither of employers nor of those in search of work. It’s not likely that tougher requirements or stricter enforcement, now being proposed, will produce any better results when the real issue is the disparity that exists between the demands of the workplace and the skills of the workforce. More than a Band-Aid approach is needed if the city is to have any hope of putting more of its denizens to work.
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