Governor Releases Proposed 2015-16 State Budget
On January 9, Governor Brown released his proposed 2015-16 State Budget. The budget calls for over $1.2 billion in funding to provide workforce training and education through a framework of adult education, career technical education, workforce investment and apprenticeships. This funding includes what is expected to come from federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA)/Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) allocations, with discretionary funding targeted to support regional initiatives, specifically, the Slingshot initiative and Workforce Accelerator grants. NOVA received a Workforce Accelerator grant last year in collaboration with Transmosis, a small nonprofit organization of technology entrepreneurs committed to improving job placement of unemployed workers. The workforce development principles described in the budget mirror WIOA that emphasizes better employer engagement and more coordination and partnerships across the various workforce development systems. The budget also proposes $7.4 billion more (7.9 percent increase) in funding for K-12 and the community colleges and $120 million more (4 percent increase) in funding for the University of California and California State University systems as long as tuition remains flat. To review the budget highlights, please visit Governor Brown's website, or for more details, please visit, http://www.ebudget.ca.gov/.
President Releases Proposed FY 2016 Budget
On February 2, President Barack Obama released his proposed FY 2016 Budget. The budget contains a 7 percent increase in domestic and military spending and an end to the sequestration caps that are expected to take full effect October 1, 2015. In total, the budget contains $74 billion in discretionary funding. For the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the budget includes $13.2 billion in discretionary funding to “connect workers with jobs, prepare workers with the skills that employers need, and expand proven models”, more support for the “learn and earn” apprenticeship programs, partnerships with the community college system, and summer and year-round programs for disconnected youth. Funding for this increase proposed would come in part from closing tax loopholes and tax increases on the wealthy to support middle class families. While Republicans have expressed opposition to this budget, there is agreement between both parties to end sequestration, but no consensus on how this will be funded. For more information on how this proposed budget will impact workforce development programs, please visit DOL's press release.