Pence’s Work Councils Proposal Receive Bipartisan Support

Proposed Indiana Works Councils would retool vocational education with the goal of creating a better-trained workforce.

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Pence says his budget includes job-training proposals with a faster payoff, by calling for an increase in adult education.

The tug-of-war between Governor Mike Pence and Republican legislators over a tax cut is getting most of the attention, but it is not the only proposal being billed as a job creator.

Pence says he is pleased at bipartisan support for his proposed Indiana Works Councils, which would retool vocational education with the goal of creating a better-trained workforce.

And he says his budget includes job-training proposals with a faster payoff, by calling for an increase in adult education.

“We can be a leading state in this country, making career and vocational education a priority in every high school,” Pence says. “We‘re going to make sure there‘s curriculum that‘s relevant in each community to careers and opportunities that are available in that community.”

House and Senate leaders from both parties have collaborated on a bill to create a state Career Council to align training efforts with the skills employers need.

The bill passed the House unanimously, while Pence‘s Works Councils received similar unanimous support in the Senate.

Pence boasts the state already has an attractive business climate thanks to a balanced state budget and low business taxes. But he says the state needs to do more to stay ahead of the other states pursuing their own jobs initiatives.

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