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Workforce Wednesday: Youth Skills Training Program Approved

Wednesday, May 31, 2017  
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Gov. Mark Dayton signed the omnibus Jobs and Energy bill Tuesday afternoon (May 30) that includes MPMA’s Youth Skills Training program.

In his letter to legislative leaders about the Jobs bill, Gov. Dayton wrote: "I support several legislative initiatives included in the bill, including ... the new Youth Skills Training Program (that) has the potential to attract young people to high-demand, high-growth careers." Read his letter here.

While Gov. Dayton signed the other budget bills and will let the tax bill become law, he line-item vetoed funding for the Legislature. In his global budget letter, the governor says that he will call a special session to restore legislative funding once several items in the bills are re-negotiated, including teacher licensure and tenure reforms, property and estate tax reductions, and drivers’ license provisions. Read his letter here.

So, while there remains some drama over other provisions, the Youth Skills Training Program is now signed into law, and Department of Labor and Industry will begin implementation this summer!

Stay tuned for more information as MPMA’s investment in youth skills training has returned terrific dividends for manufacturers across the state. 

Contact MPMA lobbyist Amy Walstien at 651-238-9264 or amy@walstien.com with any questions.