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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.

URGENT action needed!

Senate Leadership worked all day yesterday trying to find some kind of an agreement that would keep FMAP in the Senate version of the Tax Extenders Bill. We have to understand that sense this Bill has come over from the House the Senate has done the following:

1. Cut the cost of the extension of the Un-employment benefits by 6 Billion by eliminating the $25. a week increase

2. Fully funding the “Doc Fix”

3. Fully off setting the extenders pieces

4. Fully offsetting the TANF jobs piece

They need Senator Voinovich’s vote to pass something that still has FMAP in it. Many on the Hill fear, and I think rightly so, that if this does not happen very soon ( within the next 24 hours ) a Bill will be sent to the floor that does not include FMAP. We have worked last night identifying many “grasstops” folks to be in touch with the Senator but we also need to crank up the calls again this morning. I know that we have gone to the well many times but we need to do it this last time.

Message: Significant reductions in the cost of the Bill have been made—–Please reconsider your position on supporting FMAP as you did to protect services and jobs in March of 2010.

Number 1-202-224-3353

I hope every person receiving this email will call this morning and have everyone in your networks, board members, anyone you see walking down the street, the person you buy your coffee from or who you eat lunch with.

I have also attached the letter I sent to the Dispatch in response to their editorial on Sunday about deficit spending and FAMP for those of you who live in Central Ohio.

Thanks everyone. Let’s get those phones ringing off the hooks in DC.

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