Paladino Under Fire for Welfare Plan

August 23, 2010 Updated Aug 23, 2010 at 6:59 PM EDT

By WKBW Programming

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August 23, 2010 Updated Aug 23, 2010 at 6:59 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Buffalo businessman and Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino has come under fire for a controversial plan to put welfare recipients back to work.

The 'Dignity Corps,' which Paladino says is modeled after the Civilian Conservation Corps born out of the Great Depression era, would seek to place individuals out of work in a comprehensive, voluntary program to provide training and government-sponsored jobs.

"Through the Dignity Corps, we'll offer a comprehensive program of support for job seekers including training, development, work experience and mentoring," Paladino said in a statement released Monday.

"The Dignity Corps proposal bring my father's wonderful Civilian Conservation Corps experience to mind," Paladino added. "There was economic trouble when he joined the CCC, much like we have today. Recession, Depression: it doesn't matter much what the economists call it if you can't find a job."

The Dignity Corps would include community work programs to give long-term unemployed New Yorkers an opportunity to train, work and upgrade their skills to find fulfilling jobs, and offer rural and urban work centers for participants. Workers would contribute to projects like park restoration, building facilities, infrastructure development and recycling.

Paladino has come under fire for his plan, which proposes using old state facilities, such a minimum security prisons, as dormitory-like housing for participants.

Paladino appeared on Fox News' 'Fox and Friends' Monday morning to discuss the plan. You can watch the video from the segment here.