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U.S. Subcommittee on 21st Century Competitiveness

September 6, 2002

U.S. Subcommittee on 21st Century Competitiveness

Hearing on
"Implementation of the Workforce Investment Act: Promising Practices in Workforce Development,"

Thursday, September 12, 2002
scheduled for 2:00 p.m.
in room 2175 Rayburn HOB.

Witnesses to be announced.

U.S. House of Representatives
Committee on Education & the Workforce
(202) 225-4527

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The U.S. Subcommittee on 21st Century Competitiveness is holding a hearing on "Implementation of the Workforce Investment Act" on Thursday, September 12th. The Maple River Education Coalition is one of many groups across the country that are concerned about that legislation and its scheduled 2003 re-authorization.

Just as Goals 2000 set up central planning of education, implemented by the education funding bill (Education and Secondary Education Act - ESEA); and just as the School- to-Work Opportunities Act set up central planning of workforce development, the Workforce Investment Act is setting up central planning of our economy. Our free economy has been the most free and prosperous economy in the history of the world.

(See "Marc Tucker's Dream of a Planned Economy," and "Workforce Socialism: What Washington and Tallahassee Have in Store for Florida Businesses,")

We urge any groups or individuals who are familiar with the WIA to contact the Committee to submit written testimony in opposition to the re-authorization of WIA. Written testimony is generally accepted well after the hearing date. We can count on the fact that testimony to support and expand WIA will dominate the hearing.

We encourage any who might be able to personally testify in Washington at the hearing next week. We are willing to assist in preparing testimony.

What's New in Workforce Investment?

Meanwhile, the central planning of the WIA continues unabated. "What't New in Workforce Investment" of August 23rd, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Project GATE, a One-Stop Service for Entrepreneurs.

Small business owners have not been quick to jump aboard the WIA central planning train. Their thinking tends to be along the lines that there is no reason for them to rely on the federal government to do what they should be doing themselves, such as find their employees, set up their own work standards, train employees for their own jobs, and the like.

Project GATE is a $9 million 5-year demonstration project to "ensure the funding, training and assistance are accessible to diverse populations." It will "streamline" various federal programs into ONE through the U.S. Department of Labor's "One- Stop Centers." In other words, small businesses are being aggressively brought into the loop.

It will combine "the workforce development programs at the Department of Labor with economic development programs."

In other words, small business loans will be coordinated with the state and federal plans for the economy -- the centrally planned economy. All "economic development" must comply with the plans for state preferred industries nad the government employee training and certification system.

The Microloan Program that provides up to $35,000 of small loans will be "integrated" into Project GATE. Small loans are now delivered through a network of private, non-profit organizations located in about 170 areas nationwide.

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