What’s Missing From the American Rescue Plan
Anne Kim, Washington Monthly
Elaine Santiago, a single mom in her 50s, lost her job in July 2020 after 23 years at one of the nation’s largest accounting firms. Eight months later, Santiago hasn’t found a full-time position. To pay the bills, she pulled together a collection of consulting gigs in marketing and publicity. She’s also substitute teaching.
Workers like Santiago will welcome the short-term help included in the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. But there’s an important omission in the plan: the lack of new investment in job training and career help. For millions of Americans whose jobs may never return, the COVID package is a balm, not a cure.