Trump’s Budget Slashes Workforce Development

Trump’s White House labeled this week “Workforce Development Week,” despite Trump’s latest budget that proposes severe cuts to workforce development programs.


Trump’s budget cuts job training programs by almost 40 percent.


Bloomberg: “President Donald Trump May 23 requested a $1.3 billion cut in Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act grants for adult, youth, and dislocated worker training programs that have previously garnered bipartisan support. That would represent a 39 percent reduction.”


Trump wants to slash the Labor Department’s budget by $2.4 billion – or roughly 20 percent.  More than half of those cuts are job training programs.


Bloomberg: “The White House asked Congress to reduce Labor Department spending by $2.4 billion in fiscal year 2018, a roughly 20 percent decrease that would largely be accomplished by slashing the nation’s workforce training programs.”


Wall Street Journal: “Reduced spending on training accounts for more than half of total reduction to the Labor Department’s budget.”


Trump wants to shrink or eliminate a variety of job training programs for older Americans and disadvantaged youths.


Wall Street Journal: “The budget proposes to eliminate the Senior Community Service Employment Program, which provides part-time work to unemployed, low-income people 55 and older. The program intends to transition those workers to unsubsidized employment. Cutting the program would save the Labor Department $434 million, according to the White House budget released Tuesday.”


New York Daily News: The Trump administration has proposed a $238 million cut to a federally-funded job training program for low-income youths, raising fears among educators that several centers will have to close. There are 125 Job Corps education centers across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico. Each of them is a place where disadvantaged students ages 16 to 24 can get free job training and access to industry internships — as well as the kind of support and mentoring many need but didn’t find in their homes or traditional schools. Some 60,000 students enroll each year to be trained for work in 11 high-growth industries, including health care, information technology, advanced manufacturing, finance and business.


Trump wants to eliminate a job training program for farm workers.


Wall Street Journal: “Also cut would be an $82 million program aimed at training migrant and seasonal farm workers. In both cases, the administration said those workers would be eligible for similar services through Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act programs, a separate Labor Department division.”


Trump wants to cut funding for grants to train workers in dangerous jobs.


Huffington Post: “The proposal would cut what are known as Harwood grants, which are doled out by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The grants fund non-profits to train workers in dangerous jobs. Backers say the grants help save money by reducing costly on-the-job injuries and deaths.”