Minnesota Economic Leadership Team (MELT)

More on Workforce/Economic Restructuring

Mar 7, 2002

THE BILLS THAT WILL PUT THE CENTRAL PLANNING LEADERSHIP TEAM IN
PLACE ARE: HF3151 in the House and SF3072 in the Senate.
http://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/legis.htm

These two bills create a new Department (Workforce and Economic
Development Department -- WEDD) out of two others, and they create
a single, powerful "policy board" that will oversee all workforce
and economic planning. SF3072 in the Senate is authored by
Senator Ellen Anderson, and HF3151 in the House is authored by
Rep. Bob Gunther.

These two bills take up the recommendations of the Transition Team
that was appointed by the 2001 legislature to work out a plan
to transition to the new centralized federal workforce system.
The Transition Teams's report can be viewed at:
http://www.mntransition.org/TTfinalrept.pdf. (See our 2001
"Legislative Alert #3," for a look at our critique of the new
centralized workforce system: http://mredcopac.org/upda0134.htm.)

The central planning board is called the Minnesota Economic
Leadership Team (MELT). MELT will oversee the system as a Corporate
Board oversees a corporation. It would "provide direction to the
Governor, agency commissioners, and other governing boards" in
carrying out the central plan for the workforce and the economy."

The Senate will be hearing SF3072 TODAY in the Senate Government
Operations Committee at 1:00 p.m. in Room 107 of the State Capitol.
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A recommendation before the committee:

This recommendation DELETING language from HF3151/SF3072:
(RECOMMENDED DELETIONS ARE SHOWN IN PARENTHESES.
RECOMMENDED ADDITIONS ARE IN CAPITALS.)

Section 14 POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE DEPARTMENT -- WEDD
The commissioner shall:
(8) administer and supervise all employment and training
services assigned to the department under (federal or) state law;

(9) (review and comment on local service unit plans and community
investment program plans and approve or disapprove the plans;)

(11) ADD: ADMINISTER PROGRAMS (supervise the county boards of
commissioners, local service units, and any other units of government)
designated in (federal or) state law as responsible for employment
and training programs;

(12) (establish administrative standards and payment conditions for
providers of employment and training services;)

(13) (act as the agent of, and cooperate with, the federal government
in matters of mutual concern, including the administration of any
federal funds granted to the state to aid in the performance of
functions of the commissioner; )

(14) (obtain reports from local service units and service providers
for the purpose of evaluating the performance of employment and
training services;)

(15) (review and comment on plans for Indian tribe employment and
training services and approve or disapprove the plans; )

(16) (require all general employment and training programs that
receive state funds to make available information about opportunities
for women in nontraditional careers in the trades and technical occupations; )

(19) ADD: INVESTIGATE ALL AVENUES BY WHICH MINNESOTA MAY CHALLENGE
AND OBJECT TO A NATIONAL WORKFORCE TRAINING SYSTEM AND A MANAGED
ECONOMY (administer a national system of public employment offices)
as prescribed by (United States Code, title 29, chapter 4B, the
Wagner-Peyser Act,) ADD: THE WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT OF 1998
(and other federal employment and training programs;)

(20) (cooperate with the federal government and its employment and
training agencies in any reasonable manner as necessary to qualify for
federal aid for employment and training services and money; )

(22) (as requested, certify employment and training services, and
decertify services that fail to comply with performance criteria
according to standards established by the commissioner; )

23) (provide consistent, integrated employment and training Services across the state; )

(25) (establish the standards for all employment and training services administered under this chapter; )

(26) (develop standards for the contents and structure of the local
service unit plans and plans for Indian tribe employment and training services; )

Section 15 MINNESOTA ECONOMIC LEADERSHIP TEAM - RESPONSIBILITIES

The Minnesota economic leadership team shall:

(1) (develop and continually update a strategic vision for the state economy;)

(2) (review regional plans in the context of statewide economic priorities; )

(3) define and monitor a set of strategic economic indicators designed
to assess the overall economic health of the state;

(4) (establish performance targets to be met for its indicators; )

(5) (provide direction to the governor, agency commissioners, and other
governing boards regarding their role in the implementation of the strategic vision; )

(6) (advise private and nonprofit organizations on how they may contribute
toward achieving the team's vision of economic vitality in the state;) and

(7) produce a regular report that ADD: DESCRIBES THE OVERALL ECONOMIC
HEALTH OF THE STATE (outlines the current strategic vision and documents
the state's progress to date on the established indicators.)
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