Bipartisan Bill Seeks to Connect Californians with Jobs

Monday, February 13, 2017

AB 316 invests in workforce training programs to uplift and strengthen economy

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymembers Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) and Marie Waldron (R-Escondido) introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 316 which seeks to give Californians the tools and opportunities they need to obtain higher paying, middle-class jobs.  

“I am proud to work with my Republican colleagues to do something positive for California’s workforce,” said Assemblymember Salas.  “AB 316 will create the Employment Revitalization fund to put people in high unemployment areas back to work.  By investing in our communities through these grants, we will help uplift our workforce and grow California’s economy.”

“Our goal is to help Californians with barriers to employment, such as English learners, those in poverty, previously incarcerated or the disabled to get the education and experience they need for good-paying jobs,” said Waldron. “Our bill will provide help and training for those in poverty who need a way out and want to pursue careers that improve their lives.”

AB 316 will close the skills gap, bring more people into the workforce, and provide better career opportunities for all Californians.  This will help low income families escape poverty and increase the overall prosperity of the middle class in California.

AB 316 will invest $310 million over the next five years through three separate competitive grant programs.  These competitive grants will fund innovative technical career training programs, support organizations that connect Californians to jobs, and fund nonprofit groups that help students to complete community college.

Assemblymember Salas represents part of the City of Bakersfield, the cities of Arvin, Avenal, Corcoran, Delano, Hanford, Lemoore, McFarland, Shafter, Wasco, and the communities of Armona, Buttonwillow, Home Garden, Kettleman City, Lamont, Lost Hills, Stratford and Weedpatch.