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  • Lauer's jobs bill awaits governor's signature

  • Legislation sponsored by a local representative to improve job training in Missouri sits on the governor’s desk.



    “This really is an economic driver from both an employer and employee standpoint,” said state Rep. Jeanie Lauer, R-Blue Springs, whose bill would create the Missouri Works Job Training Program.

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  • Legislation sponsored by a local representative to improve job training in Missouri sits on the governor’s desk.
    “This really is an economic driver from both an employer and employee standpoint,” said state Rep. Jeanie Lauer, R-Blue Springs, whose bill would create the Missouri Works Job Training Program.
    The General Assembly passed the bill last Friday, the final day of the 2012 regular legislative session. Now it goes to Gov. Jay Nixon for his signature or veto.
    “Every indication is he will sign it,” Lauer said, who is vice chairman of the House Economic Development Committee.
    Qualifying companies would get state help in training employees in new jobs and upgrading the skills of full-time employees in current jobs. It also puts community colleges on a par with four-year schools in programs related to job training.
    In particular, Lauer pointed to a focus on technical and bioscience jobs. Also, manufacturers face an issue of older workers retiring “and when they exit the workplace, the knowledge goes with them,” she said.
    The program would have the state Department of Economic Development use existing job training funds to target areas that need specialized training.
     

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