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house, the House of Representatives.  It’s over on the Senate side.  It’s my opinion, anyway, there doesn’t seem to be a great deal of optimism that it’s going to be reauthorized this year.  That could change before they go home for this session, but, there’s still a couple of issues that they’re trying to work out, such as the proposals to consolidate the funding streams for Workforce Investment related activities.  Also, I think there’s some concern about language in the bill as it relates to religious discrimination provisions.  So we’re hopeful, obviously, that it will be done before this year is over.  We’ll certainly keep this Board apprised.  The other topic that was discussed quite often was a proposal by the Bush Administration for the Career Advancement Accounts.  What that would do is basically enable qualified persons to receive up to $3,000.00 for them to go out and obtain the training of their choosing.  That could have some wide-reaching ramifications on the Workforce Investment System and would probably cause all the states, but especially Nevada, to look at how we do business and how we administer services.  I think there’s a belief that there is a great deal of overhead in the system and I don’t think there is as much overhead as persons believe, but the sentiment seems to be that if you can put the monies directly into the hands of the individual workers and allow them to pursue the training of their choice, that it would be more cost-effective as an approach to getting workforce training out into the community.  So, I think there are some advantages and there are some concerns to be had with the Career Advancement Account proposal too.  But it’s still being worked out, and again, something we will certainly keep this Board apprised of as we go forward.  Overall, I think it’s fairly well anticipated that there will be financial reductions to the Workforce Investment System nationwide.  Obviously, the Federal Government has a number of fiscal issues with which to deal, from Katrina to Iraq to entitlement spending as well.  So, it’s anticipated that there will be some reductions.  We’ve committed here, at the state level, to working with this Board and the local boards, especially, to try to gather our thoughts and our strategies as to how best to approach the reduced levels of funding and provide those reasonable levels of service.  So that concludes my report from the Winter Policy Forum.  I’d be more than happy to answer any questions I could from the Board, Mr. Chairman, thank you.

Chair:It would seem to me that the story we ought to take out of that report is that funding is in jeopardy.

Johnson:There will definitely be fewer dimes to go around.

Chair:Okay, well, let’s keep an eye on this.  I presume that just puts more pressure on the discretionary funds, doesn’t it?  That’s for sure.

Brewer:Mr. Chair, I want to add one other comment, of an event that came out of the policy meeting.  I was elected Vice Chair of the Board in Washington D.C. during that policy meeting.  We will keep you apprised and we’ll probably have a lot more information than we’ve had in the past.

Chair:Vice Chair of what Board?

Brewer:The National Association of Workforce Boards.

Chair:What, you didn’t want my job?


Chair:You just go right around me, leave me stuck here?

Brewer:Listen, you know, I didn’t think you were going to leave.  So I thought I better get to the big stage where I could.

Chair:I’ve been begging everybody, Bob, now come on.  Well, congratulations.  That’s good news.

Brewer:Thank you.

Chair:Thank you.  All right, any other questions or comments for Terry on that report?  


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