Support
Education & Workforce Readiness

Addressing the Talent Gap

Staff Contact

Dan Papineau

Director of Tax Policy & Regulatory Affairs

(517) 371-7669 | dpapineau@michamber.com

Summary of Bill & What it means to you

Creates pathways for all students, regardless of income, to get the skills or education they need to land a good-paying job. The bills contain contains three career pathways, all focused on getting students the skills, credentials and degrees they need to enter the workforce.

Chamber Position

SUPPORT. Most of today’s jobs require some form of postsecondary education, whether it’s a college degree or a skills certification. However, only 44 percent of Michigan’s workforce held such credentials as of 2016. To better fill Michigan’s talent pipeline and boost career opportunities for Michiganders, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced a new statewide plan to increase the number of Michiganders with a postsecondary credential to 60 percent by 2030. Michigan currently ranks 36th for postsecondary educational attainment, with 43.7 percent of Michiganders possessing a postsecondary credential compared to the national average of 46.9 percent and other Midwest states (Illinois – 60 percent, Indiana – 60 percent; Ohio – 65 percent, and Wisconsin – 60 percent). Michigan is just one of nine states that has not formally adopted a statewide postsecondary goal. The Governor’s plan is modeled after the highly-successful Tennessee Promise Scholarship program, which creates pathways for all students, regardless of income, to get the skills or education they need to land a good paying job. This plan is a “last-dollar” plan, meaning all other student aid must first be exhausted, including Pell grants and other student assistance awards. The Governor has pledged to fund her proposal with no increases in taxes or fees.

Bill Sponsors

This bill is a

Primary Sponsor: Sen. JIM ANANICH, (District 27)

Primary Sponsor: Sen. KENNETH HORN, (District 23)

Primary Sponsor: Rep. BEN FREDERICK, (District 85)

Additional Supporter
Sarah Anthony, Scott VanSingel, Sheryl Kennedy, Julie Calley, Joseph Tate, Nate Shannon, Gregory Markkanen

Primary Sponsor: Rep. SHERYL KENNEDY, (District 48)

Additional Supporter
Nate Shannon, Brenda Carter, Matt Koleszar, Lori Stone, Kristy Pagan, Sherry Gay-Dagnogo

Related Issues

Oppose
Eliminate Statewide Testing on Career Readiness

This bill would eliminate statewide use of an assessment to evaluate how well-prepared students are to enter the workforce post high school graduation. Although the state pays significant attention to college readiness, workforce readiness is often overlooked.

Support
Addressing the Talent Gap

Creates pathways for all students, regardless of income, to get the skills or education they need to land a good-paying job. The bills contain contains three career pathways, all focused on getting students the skills, credentials and degrees they need to enter the workforce.