Governor Martin O'Malley today issued the following statement on the passage of the Employment Advancement Right Now (EARN) bill:
"There is no progress without a job.
"I would like to thank Senate President Miller and House Speaker Busch for their hard work and support for the EARN bill this session. I'd also like to thank Senator Klausmeier, Delegates Olszewski, Jr., Mitchell and Clippinger -- and all of the members of the General Assembly who've worked to help more Marylanders obtain the skills-training they need to secure better jobs.
"Though Maryland has built up one of the most highly-skilled workforces in the nation, too many of our workers lack the skills they need to compete for the jobs in highest demand. The EARN initiative will help us bridge that skills gap by creating employer-driven partnerships with businesses so together, we can grow our State's economy and ensure that every Marylander has the opportunity to learn and earn."