published Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Bill to help Tennessee unemployed on its way to Gov. Bill Haslam

NASHVILLE — A bill that helps Tennesseans get off unemployment and get training and a job is on its way to Gov. Bill Haslam for his consideration.

The House today approved the Tennessee Works Act, sponsored by Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh, D-Ripley, on a bipartisan 91-0 vote.

The Senate bill, approved last week, was sponsored by Sen. Andy Berke, D-Chattanooga.

The bill creates a pilot program to provide employers with grants to pay for training expenses for recently laid-off workers or workers whose jobs have gone overseas.

To continue receiving funds, employers must agree to hire a portion of the employees trained.

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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