Action Alert – MA Senate Budget Amendments by FRIDAY

The Senate Ways and Means budget is out.  We are pleased to report that YouthWorks was fully funded at $12 Million in the Senate budget.  This is a reminder that your advocacy does make a difference.  Thank you for your work, and thanks to Senate leaders for this important investment!

ACTION NEEDED FOR SENATE BUDGET

Please call your Senator TODAY to ask them to co-sponsor the following amendments:

  • School to Career Connecting ActivitiesSenator William Brownsberger‘s amendment to increase from $2.5 to $5 million.
  • Employment Services ProgramSenator Eileen Donoghue‘s amendment for $9.7 million with $2 million to establish pilot pathways programs that would assist low-income families in accessing post-secondary education and training leading to jobs that pay family-sustaining wages. Amendment would level fund all programs currently funded under this line item.
  • STEM PipelineSenator Karen Spilka‘s amendment to restore Pipeline from $500,000 to $1.5 million.

For the full report, see the WSG Budget Chart: Senate version here.  This information will also be posted soon to the Jobs and Workforce Budget.

Contact your state senator NOW to ask them to co-sponsor these amendments by calling the lead sponsor’s office by 10 am Friday May 16th.

You can find your legislator’s contact information here.

WSG FY2015 State Budget Chart: Senate Ways and Means edition

May 15th Globe article about the Senate budget

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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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