Erin Cox Washington Post Feb 5th 2023
During the campaign, Moore proposed offering recent high school graduates a one-year opportunity to be paid for doing public service, either for the government or for another nonprofit. (The governor emphasized service during his first State of the State speech on Wednesday, calling on lawmakers to help him recruit the public into more volunteer work.)
His legislation would create a state agency to administer the program and broadly lays out how it would work: Young people work about 30 hours a week in a job focused on climate, education or health, earning $15 an hour and receiving a $3,000 stipend for completing the program, which would include a mentor who does career coaching and teaches financial literacy. Moore proposes to start with 200 participants in the first year and have 2,000 by the fourth.
Cost: $18 million, according to budget documents.