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Rep. Farrington: Job-training programs, southeast Michigan safety pivotal within new supplemental budget plan
RELEASE|March 10, 2020

State Rep. Diana Farrington, of Utica, today voted in favor of an emergency budget plan to promote job growth while providing needed and proactive funding to keep Michigan families safe.

The emergency budget measures approved by the House partially restore previously vetoed funding for Going PRO and Pure Michigan. Pure Michigan – a promotional campaign for state tourism – is slated to receive $16 million. Going PRO – which provides training to enhance skills and talent of Michigan’s workforce through completive grants to employers – will receive $15 million.

Both programs were in danger of disruption because of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s decision to veto funding for the new budget year which began Oct. 1.

“The governor made these decisions in an effort to play political games instead of looking at the very real results these programs have for job seekers and job providers,” Farrington said. “Our state must be on the cutting edge of job preparedness and job growth as we look to attract businesses and residents in an ever-changing landscape. The Going PRO program helps Michigan in these efforts.”

In addition to the restorations, the plans address evolving challenges such as the potential spread of coronavirus, or COVID-19, in Michigan. A total of $25 million will assist in virus monitoring, testing, infection control and continuation of critical state government functions.

“We need to be proactive in making sure Michigan is ready for any confirmed cases,” Farrington said. “This is a positive first step and commitment to illustrate that while we are still preaching calm in an evolving situation, resources will be ready to ensure people have proper care.”

Revived funding for literacy and math programs in Michigan schools, runaway youth services, centers for independent living and a program helping military veterans cope with PTSD and depression were also included within Senate Bills 151 and 373.

A new program called Michigan Reconnect will help adults 25 and older earn a certificate or associate’s degree connected to in-demand skilled trades. The budget plan also addresses rising Great Lakes water levels and Asian carp.

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