Although a number of the Governor’s budget cuts were restored by the State Legislature last week, the Going PRO Talent Fund wasn’t included, meaning the debate will carry over in 2020.
The Going PRO Talent Fund provides short-term training dollars to employers to train and retain top talent. For Fiscal Year 2020, which began on Oct. 1, the Legislature appropriated $37 million. Unfortunately, the funding, which has bipartisan support, was caught up in the bigger battle and vetoed by the Governor.
The Michigan Chamber has been pushing for a vote to restore these training dollars. Without a proactive vote to re-appropriate the funding, these training dollars will not be available to employers as anticipated.
While it is widely expected that these dollars will be restored in a January supplemental budget, the delay has impacted nearly 1,300 employers who were expected to start receiving funds this month. The delayed funding puts the training of over 43,400 workers in limbo.
Call to Action
Please take a few minutes TODAY to encourage your state lawmakers and the Governor to restore this funding when they return to Lansing in January. To locate your state representative, click here. To locate your state senator, click here. To reach the Governor's office, call (517) 335-7858.
In your conversations, lawmakers and the Governor's office need to hear:
- how your company has successfully used Going PRO in the past (if applicable);
- how your workers have benefited from the training;
- training programs that are in limbo due to the veto; and
- the impact it’s having on employers and employees alike.
Please contact Wendy Block at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.