Workforce Omnibus Bills
This week, the Senate Jobs and Economic Development Committee and House Workforce Development Finance and Policy Committee released, heard and marked up their omnibus bills. In the Senate bill, the ProStart/HTMP appropriation for $250,000 and the Online Hospitality Training program for $350,000 plus $25,000 for maintenance were included. In the House bill, the ProStart/HTMP appropriation was included for $400,000, thanks to a suggested increase by champion and author Rep. Dave Baker.
Given that testimony was not taken from those who had already testified, Hospitality Minnesota submitted materials in support of both bills. Thank you to Hospitality Minnesota members and advocates who took the time to testify on these priorities; it made a positive impact!
The next steps are for the bills to pass the Finance Committees in both chambers; pass the on their floors and go to conference committee. We will monitor progress of the bills and weigh in appropriately. We expect conference committees to begin in late April.
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