‘Going PRO’ Training Funds Could Be Restored, But We Need Your Help

November 8, 2019

One looming question in the ongoing budget battle between Governor Whitmer and legislative leaders is whether the $37 million appropriated by the Legislature for the Going PRO Talent Fund, but vetoed by the Governor, will be restored. Without a veto override or new appropriation, these short-term training dollars for new and current employees will not be available to employers as anticipated in 2019 and 2020, which could cause hundreds of employers to delay or cancel training or up-skilling projects.

We need your help!

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Talent and Economic Development will hear testimony on the Going Pro Talent Fund and support for restoring these dollars on Tuesday, November 12 at 3 p.m. The Senate has asked the Michigan Chamber to identify companies willing to voice their support for Going PRO at this hearing. The Senate is looking for testimony specific to:

  • how companies have successfully used Going PRO in the past (if applicable),
  • how workers have benefit from the training
  • training programs that are currently in limbo
  • and the impact it’s having on employers and employees alike.

Since its initial inception in 2014, the Talent Fund has issued over 3,000 awards to employers at an average amount of $31,548. The average training cost awarded is $1,062 per person. We have heard from many Michigan Chamber how important it is that these dollars are in the quest to train and retain top talent.

Please contact Wendy Block at wblock@michamber.com if you are interested in having your voice heard. If you need help in developing your verbal or written testimony, we can help. If you are unable to attend the hearing, we can arrange to submit written testimony or a letter on your behalf. 

The time is now to restore the Going PRO Talent Fund.