February 23, 2012
(Denver) – Rep. Crisanta Duran’s bill to invest money in workforce and entrepreneurial training for the unemployed passed today in the Economic and Business Development Committee on a 7 to 4 vote.
HB12-1272, sponsored by Rep. Duran (D-Denver), would invest $8 million into enhanced unemployment benefits for unemployed people who want workforce or entrepreneurial training for a high-demand occupation. This bill would help those currently out of work get training they need to get back into the workforce while also receiving unemployment benefits.
Rep. Duran said she was happy a bipartisan bill to help Coloradans get back to work passed out of committee.
“This bill is an innovative and creative approach to ensuring we are doing everything possible to get Coloradans back to work,” Duran said. “People who are unemployed want to get back to work, but they need the skills for jobs in high demand. This program will guarantee they are getting that training.”
The bill was co-sponsored by Rep. Robert Ramirez (R-Westminster), and now moves on to the Finance Committee.