The FY2012 House Ways and Means budget for the state of MA was released last week, and the funding picture for workforce training and education is mixed. Here’s a brief overview (including FY10 and FY11 funding levels) as well as a call to ask your representatives to support a number of amendments to increase funding for a few key workforce programs in the FY2012 budget.
- Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund (7002-1074): $0 in House W & M; Support amendment 615 to transfer $8 million from consolidated net surplus of FY11 budget
- School to Career Connecting Activities (7027-0019): $0 in House W & M; Support amendments 122, 487 and 65 to restore $2 million to this program, which in 2010 placed 11,000 students in jobs and internships, with employers investing over $14.8 million in their wages.
- At Risk Youth: Teen Jobs (7002-0012): $0 in House W & M; Support amendments 119, 514 and 474 to restore $4.4 million for summer and year-round employment for at-risk youth.
- Employment Services Program (4401-1000): $3.69 million in House W & M for Young Parent Program only; Support amendment 608 or 645 to increase funding to at least $6 million for this program that supports job training and employment services for TAFDC recipients.
No Amendments Requested:
- Workforce Training Fund (7003-0701): $21 million in House W & M
- Adult Basic Education (7035-0002): $27,702,108 in House W & M
- One Stop Career Centers (7003-0803): $4,994,467 in House W & M