Governor Puts Pen to Workforce Bills

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(Image courtesy of the Office of Governor Eric Holcomb.) (Image courtesy of the Office of Governor Eric Holcomb.)

Governor Eric Holcomb has ceremonially signed into law two bills designed to boost workforce development efforts statewide. Senate Enrolled Act 50 involves establishing a governor's workforce cabinet and House Enrolled Act 1002 includes provisions for the new Next Level Jobs employer training grant program, workforce-related reporting and tweaks to apprenticeship requirements regarding high school graduation pathways.

The signing took place Wednesday at the Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) Global Distribution Headquarters in Indianapolis. Holcomb said on Twitter "the legislation I am signing today will go a long way to realigning our workforce programs to meet the needs of employers & employees throughout our entire state. We're also increasing our investment in Hoosier workers to the tune of $50 million. This is all about giving Hoosiers a better way to find a career they're passionate about & getting the skills they need to be successful in a fulfilling career."

In a statement, House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-88) said:

We made significant progress on many issues this session, including matching our state's top business climate with incentives and opportunities for Hoosiers to enhance their work skills. Our team continues to focus on connecting more Hoosiers to high-wage, high-demand jobs, which are coming to our state in droves. With the signing of these legislative priorities, our state is moving from planning to implementation to keep Indiana's economic engine running strong.

Workforce matters dominated several high-profile legislative agendas, including Holcomb, the Indiana Chamber, and the Indiana House and Senate Republicans, which held super-majorities in their respective chambers. The General Assembly will return in May for a Holcomb-ordered special session to work on bills that were not completed before last week's short session deadline.

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