Workforce bill advances, hearing scheduled on highway signs

Yesterday workforce training bill SB 10 was voted out of committee in the House. If passed, the bill would change the financial mechanisms for Missouri’s workforce training programs to make funding for training more flexible for businesses. The most significant change is that funding for the training programs would shift away from utilizing an employer’s retained tax withholdings when funds are directly appropriated by the legislature.

With this change, businesses would be able to receive up-front funding for training, as opposed to having to wait until they have accumulated enough withholding tax to pay for training.  The New Jobs Training and Retained Jobs Training programs would work like the Customized Training program does now.

The bill would also allow the Department of Economic Development to market the Missouri Works Training program to businesses considering expansions in Missouri.

Highway Signs

SB 355 was referred to the House Transportation Committee this week, and a hearing was scheduled for 8:00 a.m. on April 26.  We also expect a vote on this bill in committee, which is an indication that it’s going to move quickly.

SB 355 mandates that 2-year colleges would qualify for the same road signs as 4-year institutions. Currently, community colleges are only allowed to purchase smaller signs like those displayed for restaurants and gas stations at highway exits. Universities, however, can purchase larger stand-alone signs. MCCA has been working to ensure that MoDOT applies sign regulations fairly to all higher education institutions.
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