Senate Budget Update and Next Steps

Thanks to everyone who made calls to ensure important programs and funding for workforce training, youth jobs and adult basic education made it into the FY2013 budget.  The next step in the process is conference committee negotiation.  In the meantime, we’ll be doing some outreach to Senators on the Economic Development and Emerging Technologies Committee around including the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund in the Jobs Bill.  Your help would be greatly appreciated!

Here are the updates on how we did in the Senate budget, where we did win some increases:

Advocates worked hard to increase resources for youth jobs and workforce training in the Senate budget.  Here are Senate final numbers (with final House numbers in parentheses)~ now on to Conference Committee!
•    7003-0803 – One Stop Career Centers: $4,494,467; (House budget: $4,752,000)
•    7035-0002 – ABE- ESOL: $30,707,455; (House budget: $29,923,112)
•    7002-0012 – YouthWorks youth jobs: $3,000,000; (House budget: $8,609,158)
•    7027-0019 – School to Career Connecting Activities: $3,200,000; (House budget: $2,700,000)
•    8100-0111 – Shannon Anti-Gang Violence Program: $7,000,000; (House budget: $5,500,000)
•    4401-1000 – Employment Services Program: $3,904,506; (House budget: $8,109,035)
•    Outside Section – Community College Rapid Response Workforce Development Grants- $3 million

Many thanks to Senate leaders and members for their support, especially those who helped file and co-sponsor amendments to preserve critical funding for workforce training and adult education.

While the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund was not specified in the Senate budget we still have a chance to advocate for it in the proposed Jobs Bill, where the House has already included $10,000,000 from the consolidated net surplus.

Please encourage local participants from WCTF funded training partnerships to weigh in with their Senators about the impact of these partnerships.

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