February 9, 2012

(Denver) – A key component of House Democrats’ 2012 jobs agenda squeaked through the House today when Rep. Daniel Kagan’s Skills for Jobs Act passed on a 33-30 vote.

The bill bridges an information gap by directing the Department of Higher Education and the Department of Labor to develop workforce projections, using data already being collected. Colleges and vocational schools can use the reports to adjust their course offerings, students can use them to make better career choices and course-selection decisions, and businesses can use them to make smarter personnel decisions.

“I’m confident that the bill will pass the Senate and soon we’ll have an education system more in tune with the marketplace and a workforce better trained for the jobs that are in demand,” said Rep. Kagan (D-Englewood).

Rep. Kagan’s bill is a centerpiece of House Democrats’ package of practical, workable ideas to fire up the state’s economy.

It won unanimous support in the House Education Committee. But when it came to final passage today, all 30 of the “no” votes came from House Republicans.

“I was a bit disappointed that 30 members would vote against a cost-free, common-sense bill to connect Coloradans to good jobs,” Rep. Kagan said. “When it comes to helping our state’s economy, it’s time to put politics aside.”

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