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SIIA Urges Meaningful Investment in Labor and Education for Future Workforce Development
Washington D.C. (July 13, 2017) – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, today expressed its disapproval of the House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2018 and called for increasing key investments in education and skills development for the future workforce.
SIIA Senior Vice President for Public Policy, Mark MacCarthy, issued the following statement:
“Our nation’s educational system is one of the most critical components to the future success of our economy. For this reason, it is very shortsighted for the House Appropriations Subcommittee to not sufficiently invest in necessary education and skills development programs. While we are pleased that the Committee did increase funding for the bipartisan Student Support and Academic Enrichment program designed to support local STEM, and computer science and other education programs that support well-rounded, safe and healthy students, we are highly disappointed that this falls short of the bipartisan authorization level in statute and the $1B level proposed by this Committee last year. When paired with the cuts made to education programs elsewhere in this proposal, including the elimination of Title II, this is a net negative for students and schools.
“Investments in education and skills development programs have an amplified impact on local economies and the opportunities available to youth. This is especially true because they allow students to leave school ready for the workplace, and employers to invest in growing their business with the confidence that there exists a pipeline for an educated and skilled workforce.
“We urge that the full committee make a meaningful investment in these programs to support students and employers and we ask the Senate to do the same.”
SIIA is an umbrella association that represents constituencies from technology, data and media companies. Through in-person and online business development opportunities, peer networking, corporate education, intellectual property protection and government relations, SIIA provides a network of resources for its 800+ member companies that drive innovation and growth. For more information, visit www.siia.net.