Update: Status of workforce amendments to the Senate W&M Budget

The FY2012 Senate Budget was finalized late Thursday night.  Here’s a brief summary of the status of the amendments on workforce funding that we asked you to support:

Amendment 3  (Sen. Hart),   $3 million for Youth-At-Risk Summer Jobs,  Adopted
Amendment 268   (Sen. DiDomenico),   Adds $500,000 for One-Stop Career Centers,    Adopted
Amendment 275    (Sen. Hart)    School-to-Career Connecting Activities,    Rejected
Amendment 341    (Sen. Chang-Diaz)    School to Career Connecting Activities,   Rejected
Amendment 376 (Sen.   Donoghue )  Adds $1M for Shannon Anti-Violence Prog. Grants, Adopted
Amendment 555   (Sen. Donnelly),    Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund,    Rejected

Amendment 567 (filed by multiple Senators): Employment Services Program, Rejected 

Click here to see the status of all amendments filed.

Although Senator Donnelly’s amendment to transfer $8 million from the consolidated net surplus to the WCTF didn’t pass, he did make some strong remarks on the floor during debate:

” These are two of the most important things we have facing us – workforce development and matching the skills needed by companies. Approximately 45 percent of jobs require middle skills and training. More than a high school diploma but less than a college degree. Last month, the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston had a forum to say one of the most important things facing this state is to have a workforce to fill the need of companies coming into this state. It’s not the tax rate bringing people into this state. It’s a qualified workforce. I know there are a lot of amendments like this this and we don’t have the money right now, but it’s imperative of us to start addressing the issue of matching the skills needed with workers.”

Thanks for all of your calls, emails, and letters on behalf of these amendments and workforce programs generally.  Stay tuned for next steps on the budget and on our legislative priorities!

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