2Center for American Progress | Harming Our Workforce, Harming Our Nation
America’s compeiiveness soon ell vicim o deci-cuting pressures and he adminis-raion was orced o drasically scale back is iniiaive o $2 billion over our years.In conras, in he recenly passed FY 2011 budge, Republicans in he House o Represenaives pushed o cu job raining and communiy college programs in heirshorsighed eor o reduce our naion’s invesmen in working Americans.Tis issue brie will explain precisely why hese cus in FY 2011 are misguided assaulson needed invesmens in our workorce compeiiveness in an increasingly cu-hroaglobal economic arena. We will hen presen he reasons why specic programs need o be unded a higher levels in he FY 2012 budge now being craed by Congress. TeObama adminisraion and Congress mus no lose sigh o he ac ha job creaion and worker raining have a symbioic relaionship as hey seek o use axpayer unds wisely.
Cuts to job training and postsecondary education programs
Te recenly announced compromise or he scal year 2011 budge slashes ederalinvesmen in job raining by approximaely $850 million. Te agreemen reduces—and,in many insances, compleely eliminaes—unding or programs ha enable low-skilladuls, unemployed workers, and a-risk youh o enroll in possecondary educaionor job raining programs ha lead o associae›s degrees, vocaional cericaes, andindusry-recognized credenials. (see able 1)
Harming our nation’s human capital
Percentage change in unding or select ederal workorce development programs, 2010 and 2011
Programs ($ in millions)FY 2010FY 2011*$ Change% Change
Department o LaborWIA state grants 2,969.42,662.4-307.0-10.3%WIA national emergency grants229.2224.2-5.0-2.2%Career Pathways125.0-125.0-250.0-200.0%Green jobs40.00-40.0-100.0%Transitional jobs45.00-45.0-100.0%Reintegration o ex-ofenders93.585.6-7.9-8.5%YouthBuild102.580.0-22.5-22.0%Department o EducationCareer and Technical Education1,217.71,133.7-138.0-10.9%Adult Education639.6608.6-31.0-4.8%
Note: FY 2011 fgures are calculated prior to the across-the-board rescission o 0.2 percent.Source: Authors’ calculations based on the FY 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act (P.L. 111 – 117) and the House and Senate-passed FY 2011 Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act (H.R. 1473).