Minnesota stands to lose millions if no deal struck

February 28, 2013

Minnesota would lose $5.6 million for job training programs under the forced cuts known as sequestration, according to the National Skills Coalition, a group of employers, unions, public officials and workforce development advocates. The drop in funding translates into 18,000 fewer people being served.

“These across-the-board cuts will mean millions of workers and employers won’t be able to get the skills needed to close the skills gap, reduce unemployment and create more jobs,” said Rachel Gragg, the National Skills Coalition federal policy director. “Jobs and employment are the American public’s number one concern, yet Congress continues to ignore their constituents’ priorities, cutting workforce training programs by more than $1 billion since 2010.”