Now the budget is in Conference Committee (Senators Brewer, Baddour, and Knapik; Representatives Dempsey, Kulik, and DeMacedo), and we need another push to ensure workforce supports and job training budget items make it into the final FY2012 state budget. The Conference Committee budget is expected to be completed and sent to the Governor by the end of the month.
Please call your Representative and Senator and ask him or her to ask the conferees to support the following priorities in the FY2012 budget:
- 7003-0803: One Stop Career Centers at $4,994,467, the higher amount passed by the House.
- 7002-0012: At Risk Youth, YouthWorks youth jobs. The Senate at $3 million is $1 million higher than the House.
- 7027-0019: School to Career Connecting Activities, youth jobs. The Senate at $1.2 million is $1.2 million higher than the House.
- 8100-0111: Shannon Anti-Gang Violence Program. The Senate at $5.5 million is $2.5 million higher than the House.
Unfortunately, our requests for funding for the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund did not make it into either the House or Senate budget, but Senator Donnelly did make a strong case for supporting it during floor debate. Read these remarks and the status of workforce amendments on the Skills2Compete MA blog.
Thank you for your continued support!