Commentary: State budget should prioritize workforce development

May 25, 2019

Investing in Maine’s community colleges is a time-tested, financially sound way to increase the number of skilled workers in Maine.

As business owners, we know how tough it is to find qualified workers in today’s economy. The state’s dire worker shortage fueled by more retirees and low unemployment is affecting dozens of industries, from manufacturing to health care.

So as the state budget is debated in Augusta, let’s not forget about prioritizing workforce development. We know firsthand that it offers a direct path from low-wage work to skilled employment and allows businesses to grow, creating new jobs in the process.

State lawmakers have the opportunity right now to make strategic investments in programs specifically designed to fill the workforce gaps in major industries.

The smartest way to do that? Invest in our community colleges. More»