Byrne joins bipartisan effort to shrink nation’s skills gap

October 26, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, Congressman Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, joined bipartisan colleagues in introducing the Career Advancement Through New Skills Act, H.R. 4088.

Representatives Byrne, Mike Thompson, D-CA, Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., and Randy Hultgren, R-Illinois, introduced legislation which would incentivize employers to invest in their employees, giving them the necessary training to close the skill gap that exists between employers’ needs and employees in many industries.

The legislation would create a tax credit for 25 percent of the first $5,000 that an employer spends on qualified education and training expenses for an employee. These qualified education and training expenses include the cost of programs or training to maintain or improve the skills of workers to meet the employer’s needs.

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Replacing ACT Aspire with the actual ACT is as dumb as it gets

July 20, 2017

By Rep. Craig Ford

Last week, our State Superintendent of Education announced a decision that is so spectacularly stupid you almost have to assume the intention is to hurt our schools.

That decision is to replace the ACT preparation exam, called the ACT Aspire, with the actual ACT as a measure of school accountability.

Think about that for a second. Replacing the preparation exam with the actual exam is like sending a minor league baseball player who has a low batting average up to the major league and expecting him to start knocking balls out of the park.
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State of the workforce

February 17, 2017

Fitzgerald Washington
Secretary, Alabama Department of Labor

We’re at the beginning of another year, and ready to see continued improvement in our economy. At the Alabama Department of Labor, we are busy wrapping up the facts and figures for 2016. There were many improvements last year, and I’d like to let people know about them.

We ended the year with our wage and salary employment only 17,000 jobs away from reaching two million. I can’t emphasize how great this news is! The last time our economy supported two million jobs was back in 2007, before the recession, before tens of thousands of Alabamians were relying on unemployment compensation to help support their families, and before our unemployment levels reached record highs. A wage and salary employment level of two million is considered to be a benchmark employment figure. I’m hopeful that we’ll reach that milestone in 2017.
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Sewell Hosts Job Fair in Birmingham

August 1, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Representative Terri Sewell (D) from Selma announced that she is hosting a job fair in the City of Birmingham on August 8th.

According to a statement released by the Congresswoman’s office: “Rep. Sewell is hosting a Job Fair on Wednesday, August 8th at the BJCC from 10am to 3pm. In association with the City of Birmingham and Cox Media Group, this Job Fair will bring together over 100 employers from a diverse range of sectors. We will feature 3 workshops focusing on career development, entrepreneurship, and workforce training. Each workshop will run at 11am and 1pm. We encourage you to bring your resume and dress for success. Admission is free. We hope to see you all there!”
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