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Business Groups Slam Job Training Bills As Inadequate

Holcomb, GOP leaders say changes will better align training programs with employer needs

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Despite the legislative chaos on the session's final day, Governor Holcomb did get his top priority passed. But not everyone is happy about it.

Legislators approved a pair of job-training measures Governor Holcomb wanted, adding money to a training grant program and creating a 21-member "career Cabinet" to oversee Indiana's various training efforts . But the Indiana Chamber says it's "disappointed" that it's not included in the new advisory panel. And Indiana Manufacturers Association president Brian Burton blasts the bill as close to meaningless,. He charges it replaces one bureaucracy with another, and doesn't give employers enough of a voice.

Manufacturers had pushed for tax credits for employers who run training programs. The association yanked its support for the bill when those credits were deleted. 

Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) says legislators believe the grant program will be more effective. House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says the old Career Council was able to plan training efforts, but the reconfigured Career Cabinet will have the power to implement changes. And both leaders say legislators will revisit the issue next year as part of budget discussions.

Holcomb praises the bills' passage. He says the changes will better align training programs with employers' needs and make them easier to use.

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