Research Report Public Funding for Job Training at the State and Local Level
An Examination of Massachusetts, Texas, and Washington
Kelly S. Mikelson, Ian Hecker
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To provide a more complete picture of federal, state, and local job training investments, this report describes public expenditures for three states—Massachusetts, Texas, and Washington—and five cities—Austin, Boston, Houston, Seattle, and Worcester. Compared with the federally funded Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, state and local investments in workforce training and related services are substantial, in some cases surpassing federal funding. States and localities demonstrate six strategies to manage funding: seeking diverse revenue sources, leveraging public and private funding, braiding and blending funding, using dedicated fees for training, funding sector-based training initiatives, and collaborating and coordinating to fill training gaps.

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Read the related fact sheet, “Private Investment in Workforce Training”

Research Areas Education Nonprofits and philanthropy Neighborhoods, cities, and metros Social safety net Workforce
Tags Foundations and philanthropy Job opportunities Workers in low-wage jobs Job training Work supports
Policy Centers Income and Benefits Policy Center