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    Since 2007, the Ohio Workforce Coalition has been bringing together leaders from education and training institutions, economic and workforce development organizations, business and industry, labor, and human service providers. The Coalition promotes public policies that build the skills of adult workers, meet employer skill needs, and strengthen the workforce system to ensure opportunity and prosperity for Ohio families.

TANF update


We are hearing that the negotiated “extenders” bill is likely to be released this week, possibly as early as Thursday.  We know that there’s a lot of interest in doing the TANF Emergency Fund extension as part of this vehicle — but also that Congress is still trying to find enough offsets for the bill, and that things are still being trimmed.  So it would be very helpful for both the House and Senate — especially leadership and the Finance Committee — to hear that it’s critical that the EF be included in the bill.

If all goes well, the bill will be brought to the House floor, and then to the Senate before the Memorial Day recess.  (The UI and COBRA extensions run out on June 2nd, which creates some pressure for Congress to act before leaving.)  But, there’s still a lot of uncertainty, particularly given the slow progress on the financial regulations bill and the desire among some members of Congress to deal with the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts.  We will keep you updated as we learn more.

For those of you who want to know what bill number this is, my best guess is that it will be done as an amendment to HR 4213, the American Workers, State, and Business Relief Act of 2010.  (This is the same extenders bill that the Murray-Kerry amendment failed on in March.  The goal this time is to have it part of the underlying bill, and not to require a separate amendment.)

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