Education and the Workforce

Millennials consistently rank their future or continued employment as a primary concern. Preparation for future work--and for the future of work--is a pressing issue for the next generation. This preparation comes in a variety of ways--for some, it means investing in higher education that is growing increasingly unaffordable. For others, it requires high-quality technical education and apprenticeship programs that match entry-level workers with employers.  Both of these endeavors require a deep understanding of the modern economy and its demands, as well as state-level investment in the training of its workforce. Young lawmakers, many of whom have struggled with theses issues firsthand, are taking steps to update public education, state workforce development, and student loan programs to align more closely with present-day skill requirements.

September 2016: In California,  Assemblyman Matt Dababneh (D) and several colleagues co-sponsored AB 2251. This bill, signed in 2016, imposes new regulations and duties on student loan servicers to provide more information to borrowers.

 

August 2016: Pennsylvania Future Caucus co-chairs Reps. Nick Miccarelli (R) and Kevin Boyle (D) introduced HB 2305, proposing a five-year tuition freeze on state system universities and colleges. While the legislation died in committee, it demonstrated the Caucus’ commitment to affordable higher education.

 

June 2015: In Colorado, Future Caucus co-chair Rep. Dan Pabon (D) joined two Republicans in sponsoring HB 1366. This legislation provides an income tax credit for businesses entering in job growth partnerships with higher education institutions.

 


This is a sampling of legislation advanced by State Future Caucus members and other young legislators around the country. To inquire about legislation in other policy areas, or to suggest your own legislation for MAP to feature, please contact policy@millennialaction.org.

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