House Budget Advocacy–Support Workforce Amendments Today; Budget Caucuses start Monday!

The House budget has been reported out, and amendments have been filed.  The next step is budget caucuses that will start Monday to discuss the amendments.  (For a useful summary of the budget process, please see the Massachusetts Policy and Organizing Leadership Academy’s latest update.)

We need your help to consolidate support for important workforce amendments and make sure important programs and funding for workforce training, youth jobs and adult basic education make it into the FY2013 state budget.

Please call your state Representative today to support these important amendments:

Amendment 826, filed by Representative Sean Garballey, would provide $10 million to re-capitalize the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund (7002-1074). This funding leverages private investment from employers, strengthens our workforce and creates jobs. Originally funded in the Jobs Bill of 2006 but now without any resources, the WCTF developed 34 training partnerships across the state that trained over 7,000 people.

Your calls can help ensure that an effective economic development program survives and that an additional 1,500 workers have the skills they need to support their families.

Amendment 325, filed by Representative Cheryl Coakley-Rivera supports One Stop Career Centers and moves to amend the bill in section 2, in item 7003-0803, by striking out the figures “$4,480,122” and inserting in place thereof the figures “$4,752,323”.

Amendment 404, filed by Representative Jeffrey Sanchez, supports Summer Jobs Program for At-Risk Youth and moves to amend the bill by inserting after section 2 by inserting after item 7002-0010 the following item: “7002-0012 For a youth-at-risk program that funds may be expended for the development and implementation of a year-round employment program for at-risk youth as well as existing year-round employment programs; and provided further, that $500,000 of these funds shall be matched by private organizations, and provided further, that funds shall be available for expenditure through September 1, 2013; prior appropriation continued ……..$12,000,000”

Amendment 447, filed by Representative Carlos Henriquez, supports School to Career Connecting Activities and moves that the bill be amended in Section 2, by adding line item 7027-0019: that public funds shall assume the costs of connecting schools and businesses to ensure that students serve productively on the job…………………… $5,000,000

Amendment 856, filed by Representative Linda Dorcena-Forry, supports the Education Rewards Grant Program Fund and moves to amend the bill in section 2 by inserting after item 7002-0017 the following item: “7002-1084 For the Education Rewards Grant Program Fund…………………$1,500,000”

Amendment 499, filed by Representative David Nangle, increases Adult Basic Education Funding and moves to amend the bill in section 2, in item 7035-0002, by striking out the figure “29,173,112” and inserting in place thereof the figure “$30,707,455”.

Amendment 23, filed by Representative Carlos Henriquez, supports increased funding for Shannon Grants and moves to amend the bill in section 2, in item 8100-0101, by striking out the figures “2,000,000” and inserting in place thereof the figures “8,000,000.”

There are 2 main asks to make of your legislators now:

  1. Ask them to co-sponsor budget amendments listed above, if they haven’t already.
  2. Ask them to attend the Caucus Meetings on these budget amendments with House leadership to fight for these amendments which are held April 24-26 during the budget debate week.

By supporting these amendments you will help us build a stronger workforce, stronger communities and a more vibrant economy.  Please make your call today.  Remember–budget caucuses start on Monday.

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