WASHINGTON—The National Governors Association issued the following statement regarding the U.S. House of Representatives Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee fiscal year 2013 appropriations bill:
“The National Governors Association applauds the House Appropriations Subcommittee for restoring the 15 percent Workforce Investment Act (WIA) set-aside funding for statewide employment and training programs.
“Governors have long said that the WIA set-aside for statewide activities is an effective and innovative tool to promote job creation and business growth. They have consistently called for a 15 percent set-aside to be able to adjust the program to local needs. Maintaining that flexibility is essential to ensure the continuation of programs proven to spur economic growth and help get Americans back to work.
“It may be a small amount of money, but this set-aside is critical tool for states to attract and support jobs.”