Monday, March 5, 2012

Sign-on Letter Urges Congressional Leaders to Provide Highest Possible Funding for Workforce Development

From our friends at the Insight Center for Community Economic Development/NNSP.
Funding for workforce development, education, health, and social services is under fire again. Please do your part right away to protect it.

Join us and other members of the Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce by having your organization sign a letter to leaders of the Congressional Appropriation committees. To sign on, simply e-mail Rachel Gragg, Federal Policy Director at the National Skills Coalition (rachelg@nationalskillscoalition.org) and copy us at nnspinfo@insightcced.org.

The letter urges Appropriation Committee leaders to provide the highest possible allocation for Labor-H funding in FY 2013, which includes funding for workforce development. It was drafted by the Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce, theCommittee for Education Funding, and the Coalition for Health Funding.
We call on you to sign the letter especially because sector initiatives deserve funding. A new GAO report adds to the extensive evidence of their effectiveness.

As the letter states, “We urge you to recognize the value of health, education, job training, and social services in improving the lives of American families and strengthening our global position. . . Rebuilding our investment in these domestic programs will boost the economy and reduce the deficit through prevention of costly chronic diseases, increased earnings, and reduced expenditures for unemployment and other social service programs. The programs and services administered by these Departments serve a broad range of constituencies and needs, but they all share a common, fundamental goal of strengthening this nation by improving the Americans’ lives.”

Last year’s Congressional budget deal capped Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 spending at levels that will severely limit the resources available for key programs under the Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services. Key Department of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services programs will be drastically underfunded unless we convince congressional appropriators to set the overall funding limit—known as a “302(b) allocation”—for these three agencies at the highest possible level. Additional automatic cuts (or “sequesters”) are currently scheduled to eliminate than $700 million from workforce programs in January 2013. We are also calling on congressional appropriators to prevent these cuts.

We can send a powerful message at this crucial time by having as many local, state, and national organizations that care about workforce development, health, and education as possible sign onto the letter.

Please add your organization to the sign-on letter TODAY! To do so, just email Rachel Gragg (rachelg@nationalskillscoalition.org) and copy us at nnspinfo@insightcced.org.

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