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State Financing Declines for Job Training: Need for Federal Funding Increases

Jack Mills and Radha Roy Biswas

At the same time as federal funding for job training is in decline, fiscal challenges are forcing states to reduce funding for significant numbers of state-financed job training programs, according to State Financing Declines for Job Training. Furthermore, state officials project reductions in coming budgets for nearly 90 percent of the programs. Based on interviews with officials in states that have demonstrated a commitment to job training, this report may have implications for the pending reauthorization of two major pieces of federal legislation: the Workforce Investment Act, and federal welfare reform, which established Temporary Assistance to Needy Families in 1996.