Here's the latest from Washington on the current budget discussions and workforce training/development.
The Continuing Resolution passed by the U. S. House of Representatives last Saturday de-obligates, rescinds and removes the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) from any current or future funding.
This action comes as a surprising development, and hardly logical considering ongoing unemployment and underemployment in the nation. It is, however, a fact of the current House Bill.
By any measure, this is unprecedented. Here in Dallas our workforce commission has operated without decline or interruption for more than 27 years. The nation depends on the workforce system for retraining, remediation, re-employment, national emergency re-employment and youth workforce preparation.
Although the House has determined that the system is expendable, provisions to fund the WIA remain in the budgets developed by the Obama Administration and the U. S. Senate.
The removal of workforce would cut Dallas capacity and space by half.
More of the same: penny wise, pound foolish.
We may perish by movement to the extremes.