First look at workforce priorities in the Governor's FY2013 Budget

Thanks to the Workforce Solutions Group and the Massachusetts Workforce Board Association, here’s a first look at what’s in the Governor’s House I budget for FY2013 as far as workforce priorities.

Workforce priorities fared pretty well in the Governor’s House I budget proposal for FY2013.  In particular, we are excited to note that the Governor has included one of this coalition’s top priorities–the recapitalization of the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund (WCTF) for the purposes of establishing regional centers of excellence, which is very similar to the regional skills academies proposed in our Middle-Skills Solutions Act legislation. 

As far as other workforce priorities in the budget:

  • One-Stop Career Centers $4.752 million (slight decrease from FY2012)
  • School to Career Connecting Activities: $2.770 million (slight increase from FY2012)
  • Summer Jobs/YouthWorks: $8.609 million (over $1 million increase from FY2012)
  • Adult Basic Education: $30.707 million (slight decrease from FY2012, with supplemental)
  • Employment Services Program: $7.109 (level-funded)

WCTF Budget Language

Expenditures from Fiscal Year 2012 Surplus

SECTION 17.   (a) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, after complying with clause (a) of section 5C of chapter 29 of the General Laws, the comptroller shall dispose of the consolidated net surplus in the budgetary funds for fiscal year 2012 in the following order to the extent that funds are available: (1) the comptroller shall transfer $15,000,000 from the General Fund to the Massachusetts Life Sciences Investment Fund established by section 6 of chapter 23I of the General Laws; (2) the comptroller shall transfer $10,000,000 from the General Fund to the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund established by section 2WWW of chapter 29 of the General Laws, but the department of career services shall make expenditures from the Fund to establish regional centers of excellence at community colleges, vocational or technical high schools, or collaborations between community colleges and vocation or technical high schools; (3) the comptroller shall transfer $65,000,000 which shall be distributed to cities and towns in proportion to the amount by which each municipality’s unrestricted general government aid in fiscal year 2011 exceeds such aid in fiscal year 2013; and (4) the comptroller shall transfer the remaining balance from the General Fund to the Commonwealth Stabilization Fund.
(b) All transfers pursuant to this section shall be made from the undesignated fund balances in the budgetary funds proportionally from the undesignated fund balances; but no such transfer shall cause a deficit in any of the funds.
 
This section distributes any surplus at the end of fiscal year 2012 in the following order, to the extent that funds are available: * $15,000,000 to the Massachusetts Life Sciences Investment Fund * $10,000,000 to the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund, including funding to establish regional centers of excellence at community colleges, vocational or technical high schools, * $65,000,000 in additional local aid; * the remaining balance to the Commonwealth Stabilization Fund.

Community College Reform language:

SECTION 30.   (a) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, for the purpose of ensuring that the commonwealth’s community colleges are aligned to execute a coherent mission that best serves students and are responsive to the needs of the workforce and employers in the region where each college operates, the board of higher education, in consultation with the commissioner of higher education, shall determine allocations of appropriations to the individual community colleges, with a specific focus on the colleges’ role as regional work training and skill development centers. The board shall develop a system for making allocations, which shall be based on: (1) accurate enrollment data for each college and the board’s assessment of the operational goals and needs for each college; (2) institutional performance with respect to clearly defined goals and metrics established by the board, including but not limited to provision for transferable and stackable credits; and (3) discretion to incentivize innovation and institutional action with respect to labor market and board priorities, including but not limited to additional funds for partnerships with vocational-technical schools. The board shall consult with the chairs of the joint committee on higher education and the chairs of the house and senate committees on ways and means in developing the funding system. The board shall establish parameters for the setting of fees by boards of trustees of the community colleges, as well as the appropriate uses of income derived from such fees. The board’s system of allocation and related fee parameters shall be implemented during fiscal year 2013.

(b) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, by March 1, 2013, each community college board of trustees shall update its mission statement to reflect the system-wide priorities articulated by the board of higher education under subsection (a). The mission statement shall be forwarded to the secretary of education and the board of higher education for approval. The local board of trustees shall, after its approval, make the mission statement available to the public.

(c) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the board of higher education shall appoint the chief executive officers of the community colleges. If a vacancy occurs in any such position at a community college, the board shall convene a search committee, appoint a chairperson, and select individuals to serve on the committee, at least 1 of which shall be an employer or a representative of the regional workforce and which may include campus representatives, including members of the board of trustees of the community college The board shall set criteria for reviewing candidates’ skills and qualifications and shall establish timelines for reviewing candidates, as well as work in concert with the department of higher education to manage other responsibilities related to the search committee. The designated search committee shall choose at least 3 candidates to recommend to the board. The board, in consultation with the commissioner of higher education, shall review and interview those candidates. The board may approve a new chief executive officer from among those recommended candidates. The board may also reject all recommended candidates and request additional candidates from the search committee or propose re-opening the search process. The board shall, by a majority vote of all its voting members, appoint a new chief executive officer of a community college.

(d) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the board of higher education may, in its discretion, remove a community college chief executive officer by a majority vote of all its members. The board shall establish specific criteria and procedures for such an action. The board of trustees of a community college may recommend removal of its chief executive officer to the board of higher education, but the board of higher education may act on its own initiative.

(e) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the board of higher education shall establish the terms of appointment of a community college chief executive officer, including, but not limited to, salary and benefits, in consultation with the board of trustees of the community college. The board shall establish a procedure for the annual review and evaluation of chief executive officers of the community colleges. The board, in consultation with the boards of trustees of the community colleges, shall determine all salary adjustments and other contractual terms for community college chief executive officers.

(f) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the governor shall appoint the chairperson of each community college board of trustees. Within 45 days after the effective date of this act, the governor shall appoint the chairperson of each community college board of trustees either from among the current members of each board or from outside the current members if a vacancy exists on that board. The existing term of a trustee who is newly designated to be chairperson shall not be affected by this appointment.

(g) There shall be a special commission to study higher education financing in Massachusetts. The commission shall consist of 15 members: the secretary of education, or his designee, who shall serve as chair of the commission; the chair of the board of higher education; the chair of the university of Massachusetts board of trustees; the house and senate chairs of the joint committee on higher education, or their designees; the speaker of the house of representatives, or his designee; the president of the senate, or her designee; a member of the house of representatives appointed by the minority leader; a member of the senate appointed by the minority leader; 4 persons to be appointed by the secretary of education; 1 person to be appointed by the secretary of housing and economic development; and 1 person to be appointed by the secretary of labor and workforce development. The commission shall examine, report on, and make recommendations on the full range of issues impacting higher education financing in the commonwealth, including but not limited to determining spending levels, raising resources, and allocating state funding. In particular, the commission shall recommend revisions to the current funding formulas for the community colleges, the state universities, and the university of Massachusetts. Subject to appropriation, the commission shall hire temporary staff and support services. The first meeting of the commission shall take place within 45 days after the effective date of this act. The commission shall file a report containing its recommendations, including legislation necessary to carry out its recommendations, with the clerks of the house and senate not later than 12 months following the first meeting of the commission.
 
 

Summary:
In order to ensure that the community colleges are aligned to execute a coherent mission that best serves students and responds to the needs of the workforce and regional employers, this section authorizes the Board of Higher Education to allocate funds among the community colleges and to appoint and remove their presidents. It also provides that the Governor will appoint the chair of each community college board of trustees. This section also establishes a study commission on higher education financing, chaired by the Secretary of Education

7100-4000 Massachusetts Community Colleges
For funding to community college campuses in the commonwealth; provided, that the specific allocation of the funds shall be determined and approved by the board of higher education in consultation with the commissioner of higher education; provided further, that the allocation methodology shall include but not be limited to: accurate enrollment data for each college and the board’s assessment of the operational goals and needs for each college; the current capacity of each campus to provide focused and effective workforce training and career readiness to the region they serve; an analysis of any plans each campus presents to the board to improve their efforts in these areas; institutional performance with respect to the Vision Project and other clearly defined goals and metrics established by the board, including but not limited to provision for transferable and stackable credits; innovation with respect to labor market and board priorities, including but not limited to additional funds for partnerships with vocational-technical schools; a review of the efforts made by each campus to streamline their administrative and overhead costs, including joint purchasing and staffing efforts; and an analysis of the existing per-pupil state subsidy for each campus and any inequities that that distribution causes; and provided, further, that up to $900,000 may be expended by the board and department of higher education on the administration of this allocation and other tasks associated with implementation of section 30 of this act
$218,562,027

Consolidated with 7502-0100, 7503-0100, 7504-0100, 7505-0100, 7506-0100, 7507-0100, 7508-0100, 7509-0100, 7510-0100, 7511-0100, 7512-0100, 7514-0100, 7515-0100, 7516-0100, and 7518-0100. 

 
 

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