Thank you for all of your phone calls, visits and emails on the FY14 budget over the past few months.
The House and Senate approved the conference committee budget and sent it onto the Governor this week. Here’s the headline on workforce programs: The FY14 budget mostly preserves FY13 funding levels, with exceptions noted below.
We’d like to thank the conference committee for renewing support for YouthWorks, which provides employment opportunities for low-income young adults and teens and is especially important at a time when we have skyrocketing teen unemployment. In addition, the FY13 supplemental budget includes $10,000,000 for YouthWorks for this summer, essentially level funding this program.
We’re also thrilled to see the inclusion of a new line item in support of Adult College Transition Services (7066-0040), and one in support of developing a STEM pipeline (7066-0035).
The inclusion of performance funding for community colleges is also a step in the right direction and one step closer to fully realizing the community college reforms passed by the legislature last session.
We’re disappointed that the budget did not include funding for the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund or increased funding for the state’s One Stop Career Centers, which are serving more customers than ever and receiving fewer and fewer resources. We will be working on funding for the WCTF in a fall jobs/stimulus bill, which we hear is a strong possibility. Stay tuned for more on that!
Governor Patrick now has 10 days to review the budget, veto individual line items or outside sections, and sign it.
FY14 Budget Chart – Workforce Items with House, Senate and FY13 comparisons
Summaries of workforce line items in the FY14 budget follow.
|4401-1000||Employment Services Program||
|7002-0012||Youths-At-Risk Summer Jobs||
+$10,000,000 for FY13 in supp budget
|7003-0803||One Stop Career Centers||
|7027-0019||School To Work Connecting Activities||
|7035-0002||Adult Basic Education||
|8100-0111||Shannon Anti-Violence grants||
|7070-006||High demand scholarships||
|7066-0035||STEM Pipeline Fund||
|7066-0040||Adult College Transition Services||