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One Start bill obtains first round of approval in Senate

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On April 10, the Missouri Senate perfected a bill to streamline and improve the state’s existing workforce training programs.

One of Gov. Parson’s priorities for the 2019 Legislative Session, Senate Bill 184 sponsored by Sen. Wayne Wallingford will make Missouri’s jobs training resources easier for employers to use, implement performance-based funding instead of a flat fee, and allow more of the funding to actually go toward job training.

Upskilling our workforce is a key component of Missouri 2030, the Missouri Chamber’s 15-year strategic initiative for statewide economic growth.

“We hear consistently from our members that they have open jobs, but lack workers with the skills necessary to fill them. The reality is that 53 percent of Missouri jobs are middle-skill, but only 46 percent of our workers have that level of training. Closing this skills gap by delivering tailored workforce training solutions to Missouri employers is critical if we want those businesses to thrive and expand here in our state,” said Kara Corches, Missouri Chamber director of legislative affairs. “Senate Bill 184 will help accomplish that, and we’re excited to see the progress made on this important legislation.”

The House version of this One Start legislation is House Bill 469, sponsored by Rep. Derek Grier.

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