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NO. R-133. JOINT RESOLUTION offering support and encouragement to Vermontís workforce investment act partners.

(J.R.H. 97)

Offered by: Representatives Vincent of Waterbury, Adams of Hartland, Allard of St. Albans Town, Amidon of Charlotte, Angell of Randolph, Atkins of Winooski, Bohi of Hartford, Brooks of Montpelier, Cleland of Northfield, Connell of Warren, Crawford of Burke, Dakin of Colchester, Darrow of Newfane, Davis of Cavendish, DePoy of Rutland City, Donovan of Burlington, Dostis of Waterbury, Doyle of Richmond, Driscoll of Burlington, Emmons of Springfield, Endres of Milton, Fisher of Lincoln, Gervais of Enosburg, Goodridge of Albany, Heath of Westford, Helm of Castleton, Hooker of Rutland City, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hube of Londonderry, Jordan of Middlesex, Kainen of Hartford, Keenan of St. Albans City, Keogh of Burlington, Kirker of Essex, Kiss of Burlington, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Larson of Burlington, Lippert of Hinesburg, Little of Shelburne, Marron of Stowe, Masland of Thetford, Mazur of South Burlington, McGrath of Ferrisburgh, Metzger of Milton, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Morrissey of Bennington, Nitka of Ludlow, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Osman of Plainfield, Otterman of Topsham, Palmer of Pownal, Paquin of Fairfax, Pugh of South Burlington, Quaid of Williston, Reese of Pomfret, Rogers of Castleton, Rosenquist of Georgia, Schaefer of Colchester, Scribner of Bristol, Seibert of Norwich, Severance of Colchester, Smith of New Haven, Stevens of Essex, Sweaney of Windsor, Symington of Jericho, Tracy of Burlington, Waite of Pawlet, Webster of Brattleboro, Weeks of Wallingford, Westman of Cambridge, Winters of Swanton, Winters of Williamstown, Wood of Brandon, Woodward of Johnson and Young of Orwell.

Whereas, it is incumbent upon Vermont to maintain an integrated network of workforce education and training programs in order to increase the employment, job retention, and earnings of Vermonters, and

Whereas, the Federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998 was intended to create such a system in all states, including Vermont, thereby improving the quality of the state workforce, reducing welfare dependency, enhancing the productivity and competitiveness of the state, and providing secure and meaningful careers for Vermonters, and

Whereas, Vermont, through the Human Resources Investment Council and its many public and private sector member organizations, is a national leader in the implementation of the Federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, an act passed due largely to the vision and foresight of Senator Jim Jeffords, and

Whereas, states that show excellent performance under this act qualify for additional incentive funding under Title V of this act, and

Whereas, the Vermont Department of Employment and Training and the Department of Educationís Adult Education Programs have exceeded these challenging performance targets, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Vermontís Workforce Investment Act partners for their foresight, leadership, diligence and efforts in this successful effort to improve the economic status of the people of the state, and be it further

Resolved: That the General Assembly supports and encourages the Vermont Human Resources Investment Council to apply for the Workforce Investment Act Incentive Grant, for which the Departments of Employment and Training and of Education have qualified by exceeding their performance goals for program year 2000, and be it further

Resolved: That the General Assembly endorses and supports the use of these funds for the purposes of enhancing, through integrated and innovative approaches, the continuation and extension of the services to Vermontís citizens provided by the Departments of Employment and Training and of Education in carrying out the Vermont Workforce Investment Act Five-Year Strategic Plan, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Governor Howard Dean, the Chair of the Vermont Human Resources Investment Council, Tom Leever, Commissioner of Employment and Training, Steven M. Gold, the Chair of the State Board of Education, David Larsen, Commissioner of Education, David Wolk, the members of Vermontís Congressional Delegation, United States Secretary of Education Rod Paige and United States Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao.