Smart Skills versus Mindless Megadeals

Smart Skills versus Mindless Megadeals: Cost-Effective Workforce Development versus Costly "Buffalo Hunting," with Proven Policy Solutions

by Thomas Cafcas and Greg LeRoy
September 2016

Using data from dozens of programs and deals in Good Jobs First’s Subsidy Tracker database, we draw sharp comparisons between the costs of workforce development programs versus company-specific “megadeals.” Whereas 31 out of 33 training programs have four-figure costs per job, our current megadeals database shows an average cost to taxpayers of more than $658,000 per job.

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