Not only are businesses facing lower derived demand for their goods and services, but they are also facing a shortage of skilled workers to fill available jobs. This Wall Street Journal article describes the dilemma faced by some employers looking for skilled labor.
Is this a problem the federal government can address? Under President Obama’s American Jobs Act, he proposes allocating $5 billion to a Pathways Back to Work Fund. Approximately $1.5 billion would fund competitive grants to states to carry out work-based training and other work-related and educational strategies and activities.
Not to say that Congress has a shortage of legislation aimed at training individuals for jobs. By my count there are approximately 24 pieces of legislation addressing job training sitting in the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Roughly 83% of these pieces of legislation were filed by Democrats.
If the GOP is serious about job training, can we argue that its legislative agenda reflects that?