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Holcomb Signs Job Training Bills

Manufacturers have ripped bills as not doing enough; governor says "the proof will be in the pudding"

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Governor Holcomb's revamp of Indiana's job training system is now law.

Holcomb has signed into a law a pair of bills setting aside more money for job-training grants, and replacing an "innovation council" formed to oversee training efforts with a "career Cabinet" about half the size

Some business groups, especially the Indiana Manufacturers Association, have blasted the two bills, charging they just replace one advisory panel with another. Holcomb says that shift is a substantive change. He says reducing the panel to 21 members will make it less "clunky" and better able to respond quickly to changes in the economy. And despite complaints from the IMA, he says the panel encompasses a cross-section of industries, as well as state agencies with a role in training the workforce. He says it'll be able to carry out the plans crafted by the innovation council.

Holcomb has named his deputy chief of staff, Danny Lopez, to head the Cabinet.

Indiana has 30 different training programs spread across nine agencies. The legislation calls for an assessment of which ones are working.

Holcomb made job training the centerpiece of his legislative agenda for the year. He says Indiana needs a more skilled workforce able to supply workers to the new businesses the state hopes to attract.

Legislators plan to return to the issue next year when they draft a new two-year state budget.th a "career Cabinet" about half the size

Some business groups, especially the Indiana Manufacturers Association, have blasted the two bills, charging they just replace one advisory panel with another. Holcomb says that shift is a substantive change. He says reducing the panel to 21 members will make it less "clunky" and better able to respond quickly to changes in the economy. And despite complaints from the IMA, he says the panel encompasses a cross-section of industries, as well as state agencies with a role in training the workforce. He says it'll be able to carry out the plans crafted by the innovation council.

Indiana has 30 different training programs spread across nine agencies. The legislation calls for an assessment of which ones are working.

Holcomb made job training the centerpiece of his legislative agenda for the year. He says Indiana needs a more skilled workforce able to supply workers to the new businesses the state hopes to attract.

Legislators plan to return to the issue next year when they draft a new two-year state budget.

Gov. Eric Holcomb (center) signs workforce development legislation, flanked by House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis, left) and Sen. Doug Eckerty (R-Muncie). (Photo: Eric Berman/WIBC)

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