As the New York State Legislature wrapped up their official business for the year, Rochester Senator Joe Robach was proud to announce several new job creating measures that were approved by he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate.
The 2015-2016 budget that was passed this session targeted several billion dollars in lawsuit settlement funds to create jobs throughout the state by investing in major economic development, transportation and broadband access projects. In addition, to help better prepare New Yorkers in every region of the state for the rapidly changing economy, significant funding was approved for job training and workforce development programs, including the Next Generation Job Linkage Program , SUNY/CUNY Workforce Development Initiative, and the Workforce Development Institute.
The Next Generation Job Linkage Program provides $5 million to fund a program which works with employers to identify jobs, define the needed skills and provide the proper employee training. The SUNY/CUNY Workforce Development Initiative provides targeted training to help employers refine the skills for their new hires, and enable experienced employees to upgrade their skills. The Workforce Development Institute saw $5.6 million provided for a not-for-profit program that assists businesses and the AFL-CIO in providing focused training for workers, and workforce support to help prevent jobs from being outsourced to other states.
Senator Robach was proud to work with his colleagues in the Senate Majority to accomplish these important measures help to grow and keep jobs in New York State.