Good news! On Friday, the MA Senate approved an amendment to the Transportation Bond Bill (S.2023) in support of pre-apprenticeship training! Specifically, the language requires that MassDOT provide funding for 300 people per year to get pre-apprenticeship training for construction jobs for each of the next five years.
Thank you to all who contacted their state senators–your calls made a difference. And a big thank you to Senator Ken Donnelly for sponsoring the amendment and leading efforts to get it accepted, as well as all of the senators who signed on:
- Senator Gale Candaras
- Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz
- Senator Cynthia Creem
- Senator Sal DiDomenico
- Senator Ken Donnelly
- Senator Jamie Eldridge
- Senator Linda Dorcena-Forry
- Senator Pat Jehlen
- Senator John Keenan
- Senator Stan Rosenberg
- Senator Karen Spilka
- Senator Dan Wolf
We’re moving onto the conference committee now to focus on getting members of the House (who did not include our amendment in their bill) to agree to the Senate language on supporting pre-apprenticeship programs.
PLEASE contact your state representative and ask him or her to speak to House Ways and Means Chairman Brian Dempsey and House Transportation Chair William Straus about supporting this funding in the final Transportation Bond Bill passed by the House-Senate conference committee.
And if your Senator signed onto the amendment, please send them a thank you and urge them to continue standing up to keep the Senate amendment for this funding in the final bill.
We’ll be updating as the bill progresses; stay tuned!