Sen. Al Franken pushes bill to end job skills gap

  • Article by: Dee DePass , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 11, 2013 - 8:50 PM

Senator says his bill would help fill 3.5 million job openings.

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pitythefoolsJul. 11, 13 7:31 PM

Too funny! Employers treated these skilled workers like chattel and let them go the minute the owners purses started to shrink a little. Now that those skills are needed again, GOVERNMENT should pick up the re-training tab? Sorry, but BUSINESSES should be paying for this training. They let it decay to begin with. Time to pay the piper.

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g5thistimeJul. 11, 13 7:59 PM

Democrats - doing what they do best / thinking of ways to raise taxes on the working class!!

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elmore1Jul. 11, 13 9:27 PM

Al, you are on the right track. Let's redirect some of the "black hole" money we are currently giving to the bloated colleges to a program that can actually deliver the right skilled students into jobs.

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serfdumbJul. 11, 1311:29 PM

“I’ve sat down with far too many businesses across Minnesota that have job openings they can’t fill because they can’t find workers with the right skills,” - Well Al, don't you think it is time to hold the schools responsible for the dismal job they are doing to educate our children? All we hear is to give them more money. For what? So they can teach diversity, GLBT studies, social justice, and that everyone is a winner? I guess the children get their real education once they graduate and find out they cant get a job because they never learned anything. Good luck Al buddy.

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serfdumbJul. 11, 1311:33 PM

pittythefools: How is it a problem of the government or businesses because people are not prepared to do jobs that are needed? I guess, the RESPONSIBLE thing to do would be for a person to educate themselves to be able to fill one of the jobs that are vacant! Imagine that! Guess what, if you do it for yourself, you appreciate it more. But, a majority of people are too dependent on government to think or do for themselves. It's pathetic. Good luck.

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pitythefoolsJul. 12, 13 7:27 AM

serfdumb: "pittythefools: How is it a problem of the government or businesses because people are not prepared to do jobs that are needed?"

Think of this example. In the early 2000's, businesses started off-shoring IT jobs like crazy. Students stopped getting IT degrees, and colleges shut down IT courses en mass. Now, business cries that it can't get enough experienced IT workers and have to pay very high wages for those rare skills. Had businesses treated those skilled workers like the valuable assets they are, they would not now be facing an IT shortage. I feel no pity for businesses that created the skills shortages to begin with all just to fatten their wallets. Let them pay to train the people they need due to their self-inflicted, greed-driven, short-term focused actions.

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jpcooperJul. 12, 13 9:06 AM

And next week Al Franken will sponsor a bill to fund the creation of more electricians and plumbers and tree trimers because Minneapolis has both power outages and floods whose aftermath lasted for days...

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basia2186Jul. 12, 1311:24 AM

The companies can pay for it themselves Al. If there is a huge shortage, Technical Schools can start the programs, that THE STUDENT pays for. Enough of your bright (spend more) ideas Al. You were a better comedian than a politician, even though I never thought you were funny.

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clnorthJul. 12, 1312:46 PM

You can't teach common sense or work ethic. That is the "skills gap" that currently exists.

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basia2186Jul. 12, 13 1:00 PM

The internet will tell prospective students which jobs need filling. So will a high school counselor. So will colleges and tech. schools. Mr. Ajax did this on his own, with much success. We don't need any more subsidies and ENTITLEMENTS Al. We are broke! Bring back the paid apprentice programs. They have worked well for HUNDREDS of years.

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