Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2018 #109
ORDER ADOPTED
Apr 23, 2018 5:30 PM

That the City Council go on record urging the State Legislature to increase funding to the YouthWorks Youth Jobs State Budget Line Item 7002-0012 to $14 million to reinstate all jobs lost since 2014 due to funding decreases.

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Department:City Clerk's Office, AMSponsors:Councillor Alanna Mallon
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

Summer employment is valuable for teenagers, allowing them opportunities to build a skillset, gain experience, strengthen their resumes, and gain personal income; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

In the summer of 2017, the Mayor’s Youth Summer Employment Program provided job opportunities to 947 Cambridge teenagers; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Funding for State Budget Line Item 7002-0012, “YouthWorks Youth Jobs” has not increased since 2014, and has not kept up with minimum wage increases or the cost of living, therefore resulting in the loss of hundreds of youth jobs across Massachusetts; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

As cited in a recent Boston City Council Order, for families that make less than $47,000 per year, teens’ income makes up 18% of household earnings, making the availability of good paying youth jobs especially vital for low-income families; now therefore be it

 

 

RESOLVED:

That the City Council go on record urging the State Legislature to increase funding to the YouthWorks Youth Jobs State Budget Line Item 7002-0012 to $14 million to reinstate all jobs lost since 2014 due to funding decreases; and be it further

 

 

RESOLVED:

That the City Council go on record urging the State Legislature to tie funding for this Line Item to minimum wage increases, so that the YouthWorks program can pay a living wage without decreasing the number of opportunities available; and be it further

 

 

RESOLVED:

That the City Clerk be and hereby is requested to forward suitably engrossed copies of this resolution to the advocacy organization I Have a Future, the Cambridge Legislative Delegation, and Governor Baker on behalf of the entire City Council.

 

Meeting History

Apr 23, 2018 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED