Action Alert – MA Jobs and Economic Development Bill

On June 3, 2014, Speaker Robert DeLeo and Chairman Joseph Wagner of the House Economic Development Committee unveiled a new Economic Development bill:  An Act Promoting Economic Growth across the Commonwealth.   The bill includes:

  • $15 Million for Middle Skills Job Training, targeting the IT and Advanced Manufacturing sectors
  • $1.5 million in matching funds for MassCAN to establish computer science education in public
  • $750,000 for an Early College High School grant program
  • Several regional economic development initiatives to stimulate job growth and retention

But as of now, the bill is missing some MAJOR components!! To ensure that job training partnerships are available for every sector in need of skilled workers, please ask your state Representatives to call Speaker DeLeo and Chairman Brian Dempsey of the Ways and Means Committee to include funds for the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund (WCTF) in the Economic Development Bill. This will enable low skill workers in financial services, early childhood education, healthcare, hospitality, and other sectors to have access to middle skill training as well.   

Please be sure to also call the following advocates directly to ensure that the funds for the WCTF are included in this bill:

Speaker Robert DeLeo 617-722-2500

Chairman Brian Dempsey 617-722-2990

To find your state representative visit:

Learn more here!


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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