Lawmakers said reforming the state’s muddled workforce development system was a top priority this session. Instead, they ended up bypassing bolder proposals and approving what some say are incremental, bureaucracy-laden changes.
A day away from the end of the state legislative session, the Indiana Manufacturers Association is urging lawmakers to scuttle a workforce development proposal that it contends could put federal funding in jeopardy.
Panelists at IBJ's Technology Power Breakfast on Friday chewed on several ways to strengthen the state's tech sector, including harnessing the so-called "internet of things," making their workforces more diverse and improving education and mentorship in the field.
Pushing the discussion to next year is likely to frustrate advocates in the business community who believe lawmakers have toiled long enough on the workforce development system, making incremental changes year after year.