'With bustling construction of new condominiums, roads and office towers across the state, Florida faces an enviable problem: Lots of work to be done, but not enough workers to do it.'
Hmmm....there now exists more real estate inventory for sale right now than in the history of the state, but we need MORE construction workers?
'The state of Florida hopes to solve part of that problem and on Friday announced $12 million in grants during the next 12 months to train entry-level construction workers.'
So, why exactly do we need this?
'Lt. Gov. Toni Jennings said Friday that the state found extra money from last year and wants to eliminate a hurdle holding back growth.'
Oh, GROWTH! I'm sorry, I didn't realize that GROWTH needed to be jump-started in Florida. We've been holding back way too long - gotta eliminate those hurdles.
While I do believe training programs like this do pay for themselves in the long run (skilled workers paying their taxes and becoming consumers and so on.....), I think the money would have been better spent prosecuting contractors who hire undocumented immigrants. These cheater contractors artificially:
- Drive wages down.
- Drive tax revenue down by paying under the table. You pay the difference.
- Place demands on our schools. You pay for the difference.
- Place demands on emergency services and emergency rooms. You (and your insurer) pay the difference.
- Increase the work of our border patrol by creating demand for such jobs. You pay for the extra agents and guards needed.
Believe me, I have nothing against immigrant workers -they're doing what's best for their families. But training a bunch of Florida kids on how to do a job that will eventually get undercut by undocumented laborers is nothing short of a boondoggle.