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Maine Governor May Reject WIOA Title I Funds

  ·   By Kermit Kaleba
Maine Governor May Reject WIOA Title I Funds

According to a report in this morning’s Bangor Daily News, Maine Governor Paul LePage (R) may try to refuse up to $8 million in federal formula funds under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in response to a decision by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) to reject his request to consolidate the state’s three regional workforce development boards into a single statewide board.

It is unclear what options would be available to local boards and other stakeholders in the event that LePage follows through on his threats, but it is likely that any disruptions in funding would impact the ability of Maine’s workers and businesses to obtain the skills and credentials they need to compete in today’s economy. In addition to impacting direct services for adults, dislocated workers, and youth under Title I, the loss of funds would have almost certainly impact the delivery of adult education, vocational rehabilitation, and other employment and training services that are coordinated through the one-stop system.

National Skills Coalition urges Governor LePage to reconsider this decision, and ensure that these vital activities and programs can continue to receive federal funds while his administration works toward a resolution that works for Maine’s employers and jobseekers.