Education = Family Economic Success. Testimony needed!

Being able to get a high school diploma is a critical step to help low-income people get jobs, and fits in with the recommendations of the working group DOL assembled last summer. Please help inform lawmakers. To continue to move forward on JFES pilots, we need to have some testimony at the Appropriations Committee hearings on the DOL and DSS budget proposals. Testimony from affected people or people working directly with those people is most effective. Details on sign-up and submission of testimony are below.

Department of Labor - Wednesday, Feb. 15, 6:00 pm - support for the JFES budget line item - $17.7 million - no cut proposed but emphasizing the need to go forward on the pilot proposals would be helpful.

Department of Social Services - Friday, Feb. 17, 4:00 pm - Oppose the cut of $150,000 for the small JFES pilot mandated in last year's budget. Oppose at least in part the cut of $9 million in cash assistance. There are no proposed changes in TFA policy but some of that $9 million should be used to fund the pilot projects, if DOL and DSS determine that additional funding is needed.

Thanks to Jane McNichol of LARCC for this summary. Anyone with questions can contact Jane at 860-278-5688 ext. 201 or

Details on testifying: Public speaker order for the public hearings will be determined by a lottery system. Lottery numbers will be drawn from 9:00 A.M. until 10:00 A.M. in the First Floor Atrium of the LOB and from 10:15 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. in Room 2700 of the LOB. The list of speakers registered through the lottery system will be posted outside the designated hearing room two hours prior to the start of the public hearing. Speakers arriving after the completion of the lottery will have their names placed at the end of the speaker list. On February 17th and 22nd the Committee will provide a separate sign-up sheet for persons with special needs. Those speakers will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis. The Committee Chairs will alternate between the special needs list and the standard list until the special needs list has been exhausted. Speakers will be limited to three minutes of testimony. Please submit 25 copies of written testimony at the time of sign-up. Testimony delivered after the start of a hearing may not be distributed until the following day. The Committee will accept electronic testimony via email as a Word or PDF attachment at to enable posting on the Committee's website and inclusion in the hearing transcript.

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