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Relating to the award of grants by the Texas Workforce Commission to facilitate the participation of certain veterans and military personnel in apprenticeship training programs.
Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related funds for HB 2307, Committee Report 1st House, Substituted: a NEGATIVE impact of ($600,000) through the biennium ending August 31, 2021.
The Texas Workforce Commission and any other state agency subject to this Act are required to implement a provision of this Act only if the legislature appropriates money specifically for that purpose, the agencies may, but are not required to implement a provision of this Act using the appropriations available for that purpose.
The bill would make no appropriation but could provide the legal basis for an appropriation of funds to implement the provisions of the bill.
SB 337 would require the Texas Workforce Commission to develop and administer a program under which the commission may award grants to one or more nonprofit organizations that help veterans and active-duty military members participate in apprenticeship training programs in Texas.
SB 337 violates the principles of the free market and limited government by creating a grant program for an endeavor that is not within the proper role of government. Nonprofits should solicit private donations to develop and fund such programs without taxpayer-funded subsidies. Texas Action opposes SB 337.