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House, Senate Still Trying to Untangle Indiana's Job Training Programs

Regardless of what passes this year, leaders say the job won't be completed till next year's budget session

INDIANAPOLIS - The push to streamline Indiana's job-training programs won't be done till next year:

Legislators are moving ahead with plans to review the programs the state has now, to decide which ones actually work. That review won't be done till next year. And legislators also want to put off funding decisions until next year's budget process.

The state runs nine separate job-training programs, through agencies from the Commission for Higher Education to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. Legislators aren't looking to consolidate them, but they do want some kind of central oversight so the programs can coordinate their efforts.

There are still differences to be ironed out between the House and Senate versions. The House bill would put all corporate income taxes in a state job-training fund. That idea has tentative support from Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane, who says companies should have some direct stake in the system. But Senate President Pro Tem David Long says while he understands the desire to pinpoint a funding source, he's dubious about earmarking the corporate taxes. And House Minority Leader Terry Goodin questions why the state is paying for something companies could do for themselves.

Senate Republicans' version would create state-funded and trained career counselors for Indiana schools, so schools' resources wouldn't be further stretched.

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