Lawmakers Say They Have Deal For Workforce Funding

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Iowa lawmakers say they have reached a compromise that will maintain funding this year for 36 workforce development centers around the state that help unemployed people.

The agreement announced Tuesday by legislators will maintain the $8.67 million approved by the Legislature last year and prevent the closing of any more offices this year. The package is scheduled to be approved by the House Appropriations Committee later this week.

Sioux City Democrat Chris Hall says the agreement is crucial because most jobs now require some training beyond high school.

Action on the matter comes after an Iowa Supreme Court ruling earlier this month that determined Gov. Terry Branstad overstepped
his authority by vetoing part of agency's funding. That led to the closing of the 36 offices.

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