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Workforce Wednesday: Jobs Bills Pass House and Senate

Wednesday, April 12, 2017  
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The House and Senate completed voting on all omnibus budget bills last week, and members are now on Passover/Easter break through April 18.

The MPMA Youth Skills Training bill has been incorporated into the Senate Jobs omnibus bill (SF 1937) and House Jobs omnibus bill (HF 2209). The Senate bill passed on March 29 by a 58-9 vote, and the House bill passed on April 6 by a vote of 76-55.

When the legislature returns from its break next week, the House and Senate will begin meeting in conference committees to iron out differences in the omnibus bills. The main difference between the House and Senate versions of MPMA’s Youth Skills Training program is funding: the Senate version provides grant funding to help school districts launch programs, where the House version does not.

MPMA will engage in targeted, strategic advocacy with conference committee members (“conferees”) to advocate for including the policy language as well as the grant funding in the final bill that will be presented to the governor. We also continue to work with Department of Labor to maintain their support for passage of the legislation and lay the groundwork for potential implementation of the program.

After the break, legislative leaders and Gov. Mark Dayton will also start meeting to negotiate budget details. As it currently stands, the House, Senate, and governor have proposed very different budgets, and many large details need to be resolved. Although some pundits fear the differences are so great that negotiations could break down, leading to a government shutdown – insiders at the Capitol by and large believe that the governor and legislature will eventually reach a compromise on major budget and policy matters.

Contact MPMA lobbyist Amy Walstien with any questions or more information about the initiative: 651-238-9264 or amy@walstien.com.