In The States

The annual report was submitted to Governor Kay Ivey by the Alabama Workforce Council, providing an overview of workforce achievements in 2023 and suggesting policies to enhance workforce development. The report details the state’s progress toward the goal of adding 500,000 credentialed workers by 2025, emphasizing the use of training models and collaborative efforts to streamline workforce development boards through skills-based initiatives.

Massachusetts is currently inviting public feedback on its state workforce plan through a virtual meeting. The plan prioritizes equity, addressing skills gaps, and preparing workers for industry demands. The state is seeking public input to refine strategies for collaboration between state agencies and workforce organizations, and comments will be accepted until February 16, 2024.


On The Hill

The House Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing next Wednesday, 2/14 at 10:00 AM on “Burdensome Regulations: Examining the Impact of EPA Regulations on Main Street.” 

The House Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing next Thursday, 2/15 at 10:00 AM on “Leveling the Playing Field: Challenges Facing Small Business Contracting.” 


Bills of Interest

Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) introduced a bill to amend the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 to increase the amount that may be invested in small business investment companies. 

Rep. Brad Finstad (R-MN-1) introduced a bill to amend title 5, United States Code, to require greater transparency for Federal regulatory decisions that impact small businesses.