12-R121

2012 -- S 2303

Enacted 03/07/12

 

 

S E N A T E R E S O L U T I O N

RESPECTFULLLY URGING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO FULLY FUND THE

WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT (WIA)

     

     

     Introduced By: Senators Paiva Weed, Ruggerio, P Fogarty, Lynch, and DaPonte

     Date Introduced: February 01, 2012

 

     

 

 

     WHEREAS, The United States Congress is considering an appropriations bill that would

significantly cut funding to federal workforce programs including the Adult, Dislocated Worker,

and Youth programs authorized under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA); and

     WHEREAS, WIA is the major funding source for the employment and training programs

in the states, including education, placement, and business support services; and

     WHEREAS, WIA appropriations help fund Rhode Islandís comprehensive One-Stop

Career Centers, local Workforce Investment Boards, contextualized training, innovative industry

partnerships, and a myriad of other services designed to improve the skill level and work

preparedness of Rhode Islandís workforce; and

     WHEREAS, Programs funded by WIA provide a valuable service to our business

community by helping to provide a 21st century skilled workforce that is designed to meet the

needs of Rhode Island employers who are struggling to recover from the recent recession; and

     WHEREAS, Over the past two years, the Department of Labor and Training estimates

that WIA programs have assisted over 33,600 Rhode Islanders in their efforts to obtain new skills

and secure employment; and

     WHEREAS, A significant reduction in federal WIA funding would devastate the

workforce development system in Rhode Island, resulting in fewer training and retraining

opportunities for unemployed job seekers, reducing funds for valuable on-the-job training,

reducing funding for the stateís Rapid Response layoff aversion program, reducing the number of

work experience and career exploration programs for vulnerable at-risk youth, and hindering the

development and enhancement of a workforce that can compete in the global economy; now,

therefore be it

     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

hereby strongly urges and implores Congress to fully fund the Workforce Investment Act, the

cornerstone of the state workforce system that provides vital services to the unemployed, under-

employed, and employers as they try to rebound from the recent recession; and be it further

     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and he hereby is authorized and directed to

transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to the President of the United States Senate, to the

Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, to the Honorable Jack Reed and Sheldon

Whitehouse, United States Senators, and to the Honorable James R. Langevin and David N.

Cicilline, United States Representatives.

     

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LC00846

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