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Gov. Eric Holcomb has signed two workforce development bills on Wednesday that he believes will help Indiana tackle its shortage of trained workers. He also made personnel changes in conjunction with the new law.
The move comes one day after Gov. Eric Holcomb ordered lawmakers to return to the Statehouse in May for a special session after Republican supermajorities failed to come to consensus on key bills before a March 14 deadline.
The Republican-led Legislature failed to pass several bills by the General Assembly's deadline last week due to bickering over a few controversial bills. Gov. Eric Holcomb's legislative agenda was caught in the middle.
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.
The Hogsett administration and the City-County Council are weighing whether to kill a little-known organization that has quietly worked the past two decades on the redevelopment of key downtown projects.