Manufacturers and MMA engaged with legislators to successfully advocate for additional funding for the Going PRO Talent Fund, a demand-driven program that has awarded more than $100 million to employers since 2014.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget recommendation included a decrease for the Going PRO Talent Fund, to a total of $27.9 million, down from $29.1 million in Fiscal Year 2019. The House approved budget, passed in June 2019, concurred with the Governor’s recommendation of $27.9 million. The Senate, however, included in their May-passed budget an additional $10 million for a total of $37.9 million.
A conference committee met to iron out differences between the two versions of the budget and, thanks to strong manufacturing outreach, approved $36.5 million for Fiscal Year 2020. While Governor Whitmer must still approve the appropriation for the funding to become a reality, the Legislature's final recommendation represents a 25% increase over current year funding and a record funding level since the inception of the program.
Contact MMA's Delaney McKinley for more on this program and other efforts by MMA to bolster Michigan's talent pool.