Action Alert–Call Jobs Bill Conference Committee Members in support of WCTF

As we posted late last week, the House and Senate have both passed versions of a Jobs bill (S.2350/H.4119), and it’s now in conference committee.  Conferees from both House and Senate were named yesterday.  The Jobs bill  is in conference committee, and the committee has only until next Tuesday, July 31 to debate and pass the bill.

One of the most exciting workforce pieces in the Senate jobs bill, which passed last week, is a $5 million direct appropriation for the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund!

We strongly support the $5 million appropriation in the Senate version and are asking House leaders and the Governor to support that as well.

(The House version has $10 million from the consolidated budget surplus but there’s no money available this year through the surplus that hasn’t been already spoken for.)  House leaders Chairman Joseph Wagner and Speaker DeLeo are the primary architects of this Jobs bill and are very supportive.

Please weigh in with Conference Committee members TODAY to support this important funding for job training partnerships around the state.

Chairman Joseph Wagner                    617-722-2370
Chairman Brian Dempsey     617-722-2990
Representative Kevin Kuros     617-722-2460 

Chairman Stephen Brewer       617-722-1540
Chairwoman Gale Candaras       617-722-1291
Senator Richard Ross            617-722-1555

Governor Deval Patrick                  617-725-4005

When you call, please let them know you’re calling to support the Jobs Bill and the $5 million direct appropriation for the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund.  If you don’t reach them, leave a message with staff including who you are, where you live/work, and that you are calling in support of a $5 million direct appropriation for the WCTF.  Please email us any feedback you get.

We are deeply grateful to our Senate champions, especially: Senators Ken Donnelly, Dan Wolf, Gale Candaras, Karen Spilka, Stan Rosenberg, Katherine Clark, Sonia Chang-Diaz, Tom McGee, Jack Hart, Chairman Stephen Brewer, Mike Moore, Michael Knapik, Brian Joyce, and Mike Rush.  Special thanks to Senate President Murray and her staff for their thoughtful balancing of education and workforce development needs.     

Thanks for helping this cross the finish line and for supporting job training in our state!


Author: SkillWorks

SkillWorks is a nationally recognized workforce funder collaborative, launched by the Boston Foundation in 2003 to improve workforce development in Boston and across Massachusetts. SkillWorks brings together philanthropy, government, community organizations and employers to address the twin goals of: 1) Helping low-skill, low-income individuals attain family-supporting jobs; and 2) Helping employers find and retain skilled employees.

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