Enacted in 1998, the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) is long overdue to be reauthorized. Once Congress reconvenes on May 4, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce is expected to consider two bills, a Republican version – H.R. 4297; and the Democrats’ alternative – H.R. 4227, that propose to reauthorize the 14-year-old law.
Especially in an election year, the partisan differences are likely to take center stage,
Goodwill Industries International (GII) is looking forward to conducting its sixth annual advocacy day on Tuesday, April 17, as part of the GII Spring Conference.
Nearly 200 Goodwill advocates from around the country will visit Capitol Hill to advocate for federal funding for programs that leverage Goodwill and benefit the people we serve, and for the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).
Today, Reps. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA), and Joe Heck (R-NV), all members of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce introduced The Workforce Investment Improvement Act of 2012 (PDF).
While Goodwill® is still analyzing the bill’s details, it proposes to consolidate 27 programs into one Workforce Investment Fund. The new proposal is based upon on previous bills introduced last year by the three representatives.
As the economy slowly recovers, governments at both the state and federal levels are hard pressed to stretch limited resources to cover an increasing number of priorities. Squeezed between the proverbial rock and a hard place, government officials are not only looking for programs that they can eliminate or scale back, but new sources of revenue.
On the revenue side of the discussion, the bulk of the attention has focused on proposals to change the tax code as it affects individuals or corporations.
This week, House Republicans unveiled a $3.5 trillion spending plan that proposes to reduce the national debt. The proposal, which aims to balance the budget by 2040, relies heavily on significant spending reductions for a number of popular social programs including Medicare, Medicaid and food stamps.
Education and job training programs would also be consolidated. The proposal asserts that spending on Pell Grants could be reduced by targeting
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