2010-2011 Pennsylvania State Budget

INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP FUNDING THREATENED AGAIN

Pennsylvania is recognized for having one of the most successful and comprehensive state-level reforms of workforce training programs in the nation, a transformation founded on connecting skills development to the workforce needs of critical industries with good jobs.  The heart of this reform is Pennsylvania’s investment in “Industry Partnerships” – consortia of employers that come together to identify and address their common skill needs.  These partnerships provide a vital link, often missing in the past, between education and training programs and the demand side of the economy.

Despite the benefits, Industry Partnership funding continues to be threatened during annual budget negotiations.  The very difficult 2009-2010 budget year has reduced Industry Partnership funds by more than half – from $20 million to $9.2 million.  The 2010-2011 budget reduced funding even further-to $7.6 million: $1.33 per year for each worker in the commonwealth is not enough to lay the real foundation of a 21st century human capital infrastructure.

  2008-09 Actual 2009-10 Revised Available 2010-11 Governor’s Request
Industry Partnership Building $4.613 million $2.0 million $1.71 million
Industry Partnership Training $15.754 million $7.2 million $6.50 million
Total $20.367 million $9.2 million $8.21 million

Industry Partnerships support both business and workers.  The 6,300 businesses and 70,000 workers that have benefited from Industry Partnerships are a testament to the value and importance of IP training to Pennsylvania’s economy and its future. We ask that you provide immediate support for Industry Partnerships in three ways:

  • Contact your legislator and request support for SB 1409 to ensure that all budget allocations for Industry Partnerships continue to build Pennsylvania’s industry-driven skills infrastructure
  • Advocate for a dedicated funding source for Industry Partnerships

Competition for General Fund tax dollars is increasingly intense.  While we need to support budget funding for IPs, if Pennsylvania is to remain a national leader in workforce development, long-term funding must be consistent and guaranteed.