Records provided to CNN show that $54.5 million was spent on the NRI program, mostly through the governor’s discretionary fund, which doesn’t require legislative approval.
The only data on the program’s accomplishments come directly from the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority. The NRI states that it created more than 3,484 jobs, provided counseling for more than 3,100 children, and helped 1,175 ex-cons. …
NRI participants were paid $8.75 an hour, first to receive mentoring from adults, and then go out to pitch positive messages and hand out fliers in their neighborhoods. …
[S]tudents earned $8.75 an hour to visit the DuSable Museum of African American History and to the National Museum of Mexican Art.
What the ??
Why would taxpayers pay for kids to attend mentoring? It would be like paying them to play basketball or video games or go to school.
$54.5 million / 3,484 jobs / $8.75 / hour = 1,787 hours & $15,642.94 per person. This is nothing more than paying kids for doing the right thing.