Michigan’s Civilian Conservation Corp could make a comeback under new legislation in the state Senate. The MCCC puts unemployed young adults to work on conservation projects on state land.
The program was hit hard by a budget shortfall in 2007. After years struggling to survive on dwindling support from the state, some lawmakers say it’s time to revive the program as a public-private partnership.
“It’s a jobs program. It’s a conservation program, and it’s also an opportunity to put back into the community,” says Republican Senator Phil Pavlov.
He says it’s all about getting young people into the workforce.
“We want to be able to develop programs that, even on the graduate level, where some of the more better-trained college kids have an opportunity to get on a career path whether that is in remediation or more sophisticated forms of conservation,” he says.
Pavlov says the plan wouldn’t include any taxpayer dollars. Lawmakers will start to iron out the details of the plan yet this week.