MGA has learned that leaders in the Michigan House and Senate are preparing a supplemental appropriations bill that could move as soon as this week that will include funds for the Going Pro training program. Earlier this year, lawmakers approved $37 million dollars for the popular training program, which helps provide funds for new hires, up-skilling workers, and retraining employees.
Governor Whitmer vetoed the program in October as part of an ongoing dispute with the legislature over spending priorities. Last month the Governor and legislators approved a supplemental spending package and promised another round could come early in 2020. While rumors have circulated in Lansing that a smaller program could be funded, legislative leaders tell MGA that agreement is close on a full program restoring the entire $37 million.
Since its’ inception in 2014, nearly $100 million has been awarded to more than 3,000 businesses across the state, most in the manufacturing arena, resulting in the retention of 72,500 jobs. The state estimates Michigan faces a professional trades workforce gap of 545,000 job openings in the next six years.
MGA urges you to contact your legislator and tell them to restore the funding this week. The Department of Labor and Economic Growth has completed reviewing applications for this year’s program, but funding needs to be released so training sessions can be scheduled. This program has been a proven winner for Michigan manufacturing and funding needs to be restored.