State Rep. Ken Gordon’s Bill To Fund Workforce Training Advances

(NOTE: State Rep. Ken Gordon represents Precinct 3 in Wilmington, as well as all of Bedford and Burlington.)

BOSTON, MA — The Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development voted to advance Representative Ken Gordon’s legislation to ensure sustainable funding for the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund. H.3147 allocates up to 5% of the annual capitalization of the Workforce Training Fund (WTF) to the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund (WCTF).

This bill will help to provide local unemployed and underemployed workers with the training they need to qualify to current job openings.

The WTF provides grants to employers, employer groups, and labor organizations and training providers to provide education and training to existing employees and newly hired workers, it is funded through the Workforce Training Fund contribution system, through which employers contribute .056% of each employers taxable wage base.

Seeing a need for consistent funding to train unemployed and underemployed workers across the Commonwealth, Representative Gordon (D-Bedford) and the late Senator Ken Donnelly (D-Arlington) filed three bills (H.3145, H.3146, H3147) with different mechanisms to allocate funding from the WTF to the WCTF.

“Workforce training is fundamentally important to support a thriving economy and to help our local employees stay current in the skills they need,” said Representative Gordon.

Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies Chairman Joseph Wagner (D-Chicopee) filed H.3160 which also allocates up to 5% of the annual capitalization of the WTF to the WCTF.

H.3804, the Committee’s redraft of the bill, is now before the House Committee on Ways and Means.

(NOTE: The above press release is from State Rep. Ken Gordon’s office.)

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