As part of U.S. Sen. Al Franken's (D-Minn.) efforts to make sure Minnesota's priorities are reflected in the Senate's Fiscal Year 2014 budget resolution, today he introduced amendments to help keep college affordable, train the country's workforce, and increase access to rural broadband.
"Access to affordable higher education, workforce training, and Internet that we can rely on is critical to growing Minnesota's economy," said Sen. Franken. "The amendments I'm working to get into the Senate's budget are examples of smart investments that will yield a high return and help secure future economic prosperity."
Sen. Franken's bipartisan college affordability amendment would encourage the creation of a universal financial aid letter so families understand the true cost of college and prioritize programs that allow students to take courses for college credit while in high school.
Sen. Franken's workforce training amendments address Minnesota's growing skills gap - jobs that are going unfilled because people do not have the skills needed to fill them. His amendments would direct investments to job training partnerships between companies and schools, along with skills training for the unemployed.
Sen. Franken has also introduced a bipartisan amendment that would prioritize projects geared towards promoting and building broadband networks in rural areas.
Two weeks ago, Sen. Franken sent a letter to Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-Wash.) urging her to create a budget that included critical investments to benefit Minnesota's economy. As a result of his letter, Sen. Franken successfully secured budget increases for the Farm Bill, Pell Grants, Head Start and other early education programs, workforce investment, and initiatives like the Lewis and Clark Regional Water project.