No no no, not like that: The Commonwealth is slated to net $451,000 in stimulus funds for something called the Kentucky Senior Community Service Employment Program, which will provide career training to citizens aged 55 and up. [Read the full list here, via Business First]
The funding will create nearly 50 new jobs, according to the release. Participants in the program work an average of 20 hours per week at nonprofit or public facilities such as day-care centers, senior centers, schools and hospitals… Workers are paid the highest level of federal, state or local minimum wage or the prevailing wage.
Some of you might call that pork. Despite the private-sector’s bang up job of caring for our older residents, there’s always room for improvement. And anything that gets old people out of their geriatric gulags and giving back to a society that shuns them is a good thing.
Essentially though, what all of this really means is that there will be fifty less old people working as Wal-Mart greeters in Kentucky. Win-win.