Thank you for all of your phone calls, visits and emails on the budget over the past few months. Here’s the headline–the legislative budget conference committee issued their report last night. The budget mostly preserves FY12 funding levels for workforce programs; includes slight increases for some; and slight decreases for others, for which we will seek support in a supplemental budget, as has been done in previous years. Given continued challenges in the state budget, this is a great outcome.
In addition, the conference committee report included all of the community college reform provisions sought by members of the Coalition FOR Community Colleges. These provisions include many opportunities for workforce training providers, community colleges, and vocational-technical schools to work more closely together, which is also good news.
Both branches of the legislature will vote at 2 pm today on the adoption of the conference budget and then send it on to the Governor Patrick, who has 10 days to review the budget, veto individual line items or outside sections, and sign it.
Charts of FY13 MA State Budget Conference Committee Workforce Training Line Items with House, Senate and FY12 comparisons
Summaries of the workforce and community college line items and outside sections follow.
FY13 MA State Budget Conference Committee Workforce Training Line Items
|4401-1000||Employment Services Program||
|7002-0012||Youths-At-Risk Summer Jobs||
+$6,000,000 supp budget
|7003-0803||One Stop Career Centers||
|7027-0019||School To Work Connecting Activities||
|7035-0002||Adult Basic Education||
|8100-0111||Shannon Grants Violence||
New Workforce Items of interest
|Outside Section 170||Community College Workforce Grants||
|7009-6400||Programs for English Language Learners in Gateway Cities||
|7009-6402||Gateway Cities Career Academies||
|7066-0050||Rapid Response Grants to Community Colleges||
|7002-0020||Precision Manufacturing Pilot (Hampden County)||
|7070-0066||High Demand Scholarship program||
Community College Reform Sections
|46||The Governor has the ability to appoint the chairs of the college board of trustees.|
|47||Establishes greater coordination between vocational-technical schools and community colleges|
|51||An Office of Coordination shall be established by the Commissioner as a central clearing house for all workforce training opportunities across higher education.|
|170||Community College Workforce Grants using gaming revenue, requires participation of CommCorp and employer match|
|171||The Commissioner of Higher Education is now empowered to establish a funding formula for the colleges, using performance metrics such as those included in the Vision Project.|
|172||The Board of Higher Education shall issue guidelines and procedures for the selection, compensation, evaluation, and removal of college presidents.|
|7066-0025||The Performance Management budget set aside funded at $7.5 million, with $5 million to be used to develop a system of core course offerings and numbering.|