Karen Bass in the Media
LA Times Local Hire Editorial
A bill by Rep. Karen Bass would allow projects such as the Crenshaw light-rail line to give hiring preference to area workers. It's a good idea.
By The Times editorial board
January 15, 2014
Rep. Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) has introduced the Local Hire Act, which would change federal transportation law to give state and local agencies the ability to include geographical hiring targets in bid specifications for highway and public transportation projects, even if they receive federal funding.
Major transit projects can stimulate significant economic activity in a community. Being able to set aside a percentage of the work for local hires is both a goodwill gesture for the disruption that comes with years of construction and a way to address chronic unemployment in impoverished areas. Bass' bill deserves support.
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