Summer Jobs Program Expanding

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(Washington Post) — On the first day of the District’s summer jobs program, Mayor Vincent C. Gray said the administration had found funding to hire about 4,000 more young people on a citywide waiting list.  The effort to add other employees marks a departure for the Gray administration, which aimed to rein in the troubled program’s costs and logistics by capping it this year for the first time, at 12,000 participants. On Monday, the mayor said he wanted to give a job to every eligible youth who signed up.  Gray cited revised revenue estimates for the current fiscal year — showing an additional $107.1 million in revenue, largely because of an improving economy — to justify expanding the program, which pays 14- to 21-year-olds minimum wage to work in government agencies and local businesses.  “There are some additional tax dollars,” Gray said. “I said the first priority is to get kids off the wait list.”

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