$500 MILLION Redistributive ‘green jobs’ Funding -Another Waste of Tax Dollars

February 17, 2010 06:25

Even though so called ‘green jobs’ cause the loss of 2.2 regular jobs for every green job created, the Obama Department of Labor has doled out $190 million of $500 million to “Build and strengthen partnerships dedicated to building a skilled clean energy workforce” and “Develop new partnerships with other agencies receiving Recovery Act funds to support strategic planning and implementation efforts”. All government gobbledy gook for Democrat slush funds to buy votes.  Take careful note of the vague language used for the purpose and use of the funds. The Department of Labor news release is reprinted below:


ETA News Release: [01/20/2010]
Contact Name: Mike Trupo or Lina Garcia
Phone Number: (202) 693-3414 or x4661
Release Number: 10-0078-NAT

US Department of Labor announces nearly $190 million in State Energy Sector Partnership and Training Grants for green jobs

Department’s 2010 investment in green jobs edges toward $440 million mark in 3 weeks

WASHINGTON — Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today announced nearly $190 million in green jobs training grants, as authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). The State Energy Sector Partnership and Training Grants are designed to teach workers the skills required in emerging industries, including energy efficiency and renewable energy. This set of green grants is the third awarded in as many weeks by the U.S. Department of Labor. Less than a month into 2010, the department’s investment in this growing area of the job marketplace is close to the $440 million mark.

“These grants will help workers gain access to good jobs, while supporting the sort of statewide energy efficiency strategies that play a crucial role in building the green economy of the 21st century,” said Secretary Solis.

Thirty-four awards ranging from approximately $2 million to $6 million each are being made to state workforce investment boards in partnership with their state workforce agencies, local workforce investment boards or regional consortia of boards, and One-Stop Career Center delivery systems. Through the grant awards announced today, program participants will receive the technical and occupational skills necessary to obtain industry recognized credentials.

These grants are designed to achieve the following goals:

  • Create an integrated system of education, training and supportive services that promotes skill attainment and career pathway development for low-income, low- skilled workers leading to employment in green industries.
  • Support states in implementing a statewide energy sector strategy including governors’ overall workforce visions, state energy policies and training activities that lead to employment in targeted industry sectors.
  • Build and strengthen partnerships dedicated to building a skilled clean energy workforce.
  • Develop new partnerships with other agencies receiving Recovery Act funds to support strategic planning and implementation efforts.

Today’s grants are part of a larger Recovery Act initiative — totaling $500 million — to fund workforce development projects that promote economic growth by preparing workers for careers in the energy efficiency industries. For a full listing of the grants and project descriptions, visit http://www.doleta.gov/pdf/SESP_Summaries.pdf. To view a video by Secretary Solis, visit http://www.dol.gov/dol/media/webcast/energysector/.

To find out more about job training opportunities available through the Department of Labor, call the National Contact Center’s toll-free helpline at: 866-4-USA-DOL (487-2365) or TTY 877-889-5627.

Editor’s Note: Charts reflecting the grantees announced today is below. Grantees will serve entire states. Approximately $25 million of the total funds available through these grants is reserved to serve the auto-impacted counties listed.

State Energy Sector Partnership and Training Grants

Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) Alabama Montgomery, Tuscaloosa, Lowndes, Butler, Madison, Limestone and Marshall $6,000,000 Veterans, at-risk youth, ex-offenders, dislocated workers, incumbent workers, low-income workers and disadvantaged individuals
Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development Alaska N/A $3,600,000 Minorities, recipients of public assistance, veterans, people with disabilities, low-income individuals, unemployed and underemployed individuals, dislocated workers, out-of-school youth and incumbent workers
Arizona Department of Economic Security Arizona N/A $5,000,000 Dislocated workers, underemployed workers, veterans, incumbent workers, at-risk youth, individuals with criminal records and individuals with disabilities
Arkansas Workforce Investment Board/Department of Workforce Services Arkansas Cleburne, Desha, Greene and Logan $4,866,479 High school dropouts, offenders, unemployed workers, and other disadvantaged, at-risk individuals
State of California Employment Development Department California Alameda and Los Angeles $6,000,000 Dislocated workers, veterans, unemployed and underemployed workers, low-income youth and adults, new workforce entrants, individuals with disabilities and individuals with criminal records
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment Colorado N/A $5,998,050 Older workers, dislocated workers, incumbent workers, veterans, women, individuals with disabilities, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients, dislocated workers and ex-offenders
Connecticut Employment and Training Commission Connecticut N/A $3,360, 000 Incumbent workers, unemployed workers, veterans, at-risk youth, ex-offenders, underrepresented ethnic minorities and recent immigrants
Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Hawaii N/A $6,000,000 Incumbent workers, low-income/low-skilled individuals, disadvantaged persons with limited English proficiency, people with disabilities and veterans
Idaho Department of Labor Idaho N/A $5,991,184 Veterans, dislocated workers, low-skill adults and youth, and other targeted populations
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Illinois Boone, Cook and McLean $6,000,000 Low-skilled individuals, new labor market entrants, dislocated workers, incumbent workers, underemployed individuals, veterans, minority contractors, disadvantaged adults and youth, individuals with disabilities and individuals with criminal records
Indiana Department of Workforce Development Indiana 45 counties – for a list, see http://www.doleta.gov/grants/pdf/Amend-01-SGA-DFA-PY-08-20.pdf $6,000,000 Incumbent and dislocated workers, unemployed workers, adults with barrier to employment, and out-of-school youth
Iowa Workforce Development Iowa Cass, Chickasaw, Fremont, Howard, Iowa, Louisa, Plymouth, Poweshiek, Union and Wright $5,997,000 Dislocated workers, unemployed individuals and incumbent workers
Kansas Department of Commerce Kansas Allen $5,999, 890 Dislocated workers, incumbent workers, veterans, older youth, former prisoners and individuals seeking career pathways out of poverty
Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Kentucky Cumberland, Fulton, Hopkins, Pulaski and Trigg $4,740,457 Dislocated workers, unemployed individuals, out-of-school youth and veterans
Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Maryland N/A $5,793,183 Incumbent and dislocated workers, veterans and reservists, low-wage workers and individuals with criminal records
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development Massachusetts N/A $5,973,657 Unemployed, underemployed and incumbent workers
Michigan Department of Energy, Labor, & Economic Growth Michigan Midland, Saginaw, Genesee, Bay, Roscommon, Losco, Livingston, Monroe, Wayne, Clair, Macomb and Oakland $5,819,999 Dislocated workers and incumbent workers
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Minnesota Clearwater and Ramsey $6,000,000 Unemployed workers, incumbent workers, individuals with limited English proficiency, low-income individuals, individuals with disabilities, individuals with criminal records, high school dropouts, youth, dislocated workers, veterans and minority populations
Missouri Division of Workforce Development Missouri St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Lincoln County, Clay County and Randolph County $6,000,000 Veterans and active duty military personnel, incumbent workers and unemployed workers
Nebraska Department of Labor Nebraska Dawson $4,839,511 Workers impacted by energy policy, incumbent workers, veterans, unemployed individuals, at-risk youth and individuals with criminal records
Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation Nevada N/A $6,000,000 Dislocated workers, individuals with criminal records, individuals with disabilities, individuals who are homeless, veterans, former foster youth, young pregnant and single mothers, individuals receiving public assistance and other low-income individuals
New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development New Jersey Middlesex and Union $6,000,000 Out-of school youth, adults with limited basic skills, individuals with criminal histories and individuals with disabilities
New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions New Mexico N/A $5,999,989 Incumbent workers, unemployed workers, women, veterans, military spouses and high school dropouts
North Carolina Department of Commerce, Division of Workforce Development North Carolina Scotland $5,976,512 Unemployed workers, military spouses, veterans, at-risk youth, individuals with criminal records, farmers, and migrant and seasonal workers
State of Ohio Ohio 44 counties – for a list see http://www.doleta.gov/grants/pdf/Amend-01-SGA-DFA-PY-08-20.pdf $6,000,000 Dislocated workers, veterans, women, minorities and Appalachian residents
State of Oklahoma Oklahoma Oklahoma and Marshall $6,000,000 Unemployed workers and incumbent workers
State of Oregon Oregon N/A $5,383,568 Unemployed workers and incumbent workers
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Labor & Industry Pennsylvania Allegheny and Tioga $6,000,000 Dislocated workers, youth and high school dropouts, individuals with disabilities, veterans and individuals with limited English proficiency
South Dakota Department of Labor South Dakota N/A $2,500,000 Veterans, dislocated workers, unemployed individuals, and individuals with a criminal record
Utah Department of Workforce Services Utah Box Elder $4,600,000 Dislocated workers, disadvantaged youth and veterans
Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board Washington N/A $5,973,635 Dislocated workers, incumbent workers, at-risk youth, low-income adults, individuals with disabilities and veterans
WorkForce West Virginia West Virginia Putnam $6,000,000 Veterans, unemployed workers and individuals with criminal records
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Wisconsin Kenosha and Rock $6,000,000 Veterans, dislocated workers impacted by auto industry restructuring, individuals who are currently employed in the targeted trades and in need of updated green building or green manufacturing skills training, recipients of public assistance and other low-income individuals
Wyoming Workforce Development Council Wyoming N/A $4,495,704 Unemployed individuals, tribal members, individuals with criminal records, veterans, at-risk youth and dislocated workers

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