Barbour Unveils Initiatives

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Gov. Haley Barbour proposes merging the state work force development council, which oversees state work force dollars, and the state work force investment board, which oversees federal money.

"Our goal is to create an aligned, demand-driven public workforce training system that sustains, develops, and grows new jobs for Mississippi workers," said Barbour. "We also want to provide employers an available, consistent, and skilled workforce, and offer a clear path to individuals seeking their first job or a better job."

Barbour said consolidating the agencies would save $2.1 million.

The other piece of legislation would triple a tax credit that businesses receive for providing work force training.

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