FY2012 MA House Budget Amendment Outcomes

Thank you for your continued advocacy and partnership in support of workforce training.  Last week we asked you to make phone calls on behalf of a number of amendments to the MA House Ways and Means Budget.   Two of these amendments to fund youth and adult workforce programs were successful in the House. We will now work with the Senate to gain funding for School to Career Connecting Activities and the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund.  Check this space for more detailed information on the state budget next week.

Workforce Amendments: House Budget Outcomes 

At Risk Youth:  YouthWorks Teen Jobs (7002-0012).We supported amendments to restore $4.4 million to this critically important effort that provides subsidized summer and year-round youth employment and leverages significant private sector investment.  The amendment that passed added $2 million to the earlier supplemental budget of $4.4 million for FY12 for a total of $6.4 million. Thank you to Chairwoman Coakley-Rivera, Rep. Malia, and Rep. Sanchez  for filing amendments   
Employment Services Program (4401-1000). We supported amendments to increase funding for this line item from $3 million to $15 million in support of job training and job placement services for TAFDC recipients.  We also supported moving this line item to the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.  An amendment passed that added $3 million to this line item, and it remains in the Executive Office of Health and Human Services  Thank you to Rep. Martin Walsh  for filing this ESP amendment.  
School to Career Connecting Activities (7027-0019).  We supported amendments to restore $2 million to this in-school results-oriented effort which in 2010 placed 11,000 students in jobs and internships. Amendment failed. Thank you to Rep. Coakley-Rivera, Rep. Marty Walsh and Rep. Henriquez for filing amendments

Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund (7002-1074) a key component of the Middle Skills Solutions Act.  We supported an amendment to  appropriate $8 million from a budget surplus to the WCTF to support employer-led training partnerships.  Amendment failed. Thank you to Rep. Ehrlich  for filing the WCTF amendment.

The next step in this process is advocating with the Senate on these budget priorities.  Thanks again for your advocacy!

Author: SkillWorks

SkillWorks is a nationally recognized workforce funder collaborative, launched by the Boston Foundation in 2003 to improve workforce development in Boston and across Massachusetts. SkillWorks brings together philanthropy, government, community organizations and employers to address the twin goals of: 1) Helping low-skill, low-income individuals attain family-supporting jobs; and 2) Helping employers find and retain skilled employees.

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