FY14 Budget, Pathways Bill, Healthcare Workforce Transformation Fund

Before too much time passes, we wanted to post some information about the Governor’s FY2014 Budget, which came out a couple of weeks ago, and provide a few other policy updates!

Also, this will be out last post on http://www.skills2competema.com!  We’re going to be blogging from now on at http://www.skillworks.wordpress.com.  Visitors to http://www.skills2competema.com will be redirected to our new blog address.  Thanks so much for following us!

1) Pathways for Family Economic Self-Sufficiency – Deadline for Co-sponsors is TOMORROW (Friday, Feb 1)

SkillWorks’ and our partner, the Workforce Solutions Group, are advocating for the Pathways for Family Economic Self-Sufficiency bill (An Act Regarding Pathways to Family Economic Self-Sufficiency-HD872/SD501), sponsored by Rep. Khan (D-Newton) and Sen. Donoghue (D-Lowell).  We currently have 31 sponsors in the House and Senate and need your help in getting to our goal of over 50 sponsors!

The bill, which  proposes a pilot program that would equip low-income families for long-term economic stability and self-support, would enable low-income adults and teens with dependent children to attain education and/or skills training for jobs in high-demand occupations.  Read the Pathways FAQ.

 If you can, please contact your state senator or representative TODAY and urge them to sign-on to HD872/SD501!

2) FY2014 budget. 

Governor Deval Patrick proposed a comprehensive transportation investment plan and broad scale education plan in his 2013 State of the State address.   He’s also gathering with legislative leaders to discuss revenue proposals, including an increase in the state income tax and a decrease in the state sales tax.

The Governor’s House 1 Budget recommendation includes a number of recommendations to improve training and education opportunities in the Commonwealth.    Review the WSG FY14 Budget Chart here.  SkillWorks and the Workforce Solutions Group will continue to advocate for the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund, School to Career Connecting Activities, One Stop Career Centers, Summer Jobs, and STEM education investments, as well as investments in transportation that create jobs for residents of the Commonwealth.
3) Healthcare Workforce Transformation Fund

On January 28, SkillWorks and dozens of other Boston-area industry and workforce leaders gathered for a listening session with Secretary Joanne Goldstein and Nancy Snyder of Commonwealth Corporation on the Healthcare Workforce Transformation Fund.   Healthcare employers spoke about coming changes in the industry and their impact on staffing and training needs, with particular attention paid to impacts on long-term care and community-based care, and the trend of employees needing to “work to the top of their credentials” with the impact of cost containment legislation.

If you were not able to attend the listening session but still would like to submit written comment, please send them to kshack at commcorp dot org.

The full act can be accessed here: http://www.malegislature.gov/Laws/SessionLaws/Acts/2012/Chapter224



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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