Calls needed by Tuesday to preserve funding for workforce training in House budget

The Massachusetts House released its FY14 budget proposal this week.

Unfortunately, the budget decreases funding for many key job training programs for youth and adults.  SkillWorks and the Workforce Solutions Group are working hard to preserve resources that help teens and adults gain the skills they need in order to move ahead in today’s economy.

Make no mistake about it; the budget this year is difficult, and much of the debate at the State House has been focused on transportation and infrastructure investments.

Still, if we’re not at the table, we’ll be on the table, as the saying goes.  And we need all the help we can get to make sure the interests of low to moderate income workers and families are represented at the budget table this year.

Please take a moment to call your representative and ask him or her to co-sponsor the following amendments:

  • Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund Amendment

Representative Conroy of Wayland moves that the bill be amended in Section 2, by inserting after item 7002-0108 the following item:   “7002-1074 The Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund to support employer-led training partnerships aligned to the Commonwealth’s economic development strategy.   Funds will provide education and skills development for unemployed and underemployed persons that lead to jobs in high growth industry sectors…. $5,000,000.” (currently not in the Governor’s budget or House budget)

  • Pathways to Family Economic Self-Sufficiency Employment Services Program Amendment

Rep. Conroy (D-Wayland) moves that $9.1 million be invested in the Employment Services Program (DTA 4401-1000) which includes funding for the Pathways to Family Economic Self-Sufficiency Pilot program to equip low-income families with the tools they need to achieve long-term economic security. It also level funds all programs that received funding under this line item in FY13.  (House cut current program cut to $5 million, no pilot.)

  • YouthWorks Youth Jobs

Budget Amendment of Rep. Tom Conroy to increase it to $10 million
Budget Amendment of Rep. Jeff Sanchez to increase it to $11 million
(House Ways and Means recommended it be cut to ONLY $2 million)

  • School to Career Connecting Activity Youth Jobs

Budget amendment of Rep. Alice Peisch to increase it to $5 million
(House Ways and Means recommended it be cut to ONLY $1 million)

  • One Stop Career Centers

Rep.  Conroy of Wayland  moves to amend the bill in line item 7003-0803, by striking out the figure $4,250,982 and inserting the figure $7,800,892.

  • Shannon Anti-Gang Violence Grant Program

Budget amendments of Rep. Brady to $6.5 Million and Rep. Carlos Henriquez to $8 M
(House Ways and Means recommended it be cut to $6.5 million)

  • Adult Basic Education 7035-0002

Rep. David Nangle (D-Lowell) is sponsoring a budget amendment to increase the House Ways and Means Budget appropriation for ABE line item #7035-0002 from $29,156,340 to $30,702,108.  The amendment amount is equal to the $30.7 million appropriation for FY2012.

Thank you for your support.

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