How to Build a Post-Pandemic America
Jamie Merisotis and Jesse O’Connell, Washington Monthly
The Works Progress Administration (WPA), a federal agency created in 1935 to address the nation’s then-worst economic catastrophe, is getting a fresh look as we think about how to help millions of Americans left jobless in the pandemic.
But the recovery challenge today calls for more than just a 21st century WPA. We must go further than jobs alone. This crisis demands we address the full range of human infrastructure needs that will emerge in the coming years. What we need now is an Office of American Advancement.