By Mark Valentini, Director of Legislative Affairs
On Monday, Feb. 10 the Trump administration released its proposal for funding the federal government in FY2021. Though the proposal includes an overall decrease in funding for the Departments of Education and Labor, the proposal includes increases in funding to career and technical education (CTE) and apprenticeship programs.
Specifically, President Trump is requesting $2 billion for CTE state grants Increases support for Career and Technical Education (CTE) “to support the Administration’s commitment to preparing students to succeed in today’s competitive, rapidly changing economy, and answer the ever increasing needs of a booming economy” and fund high schools throughout the country so they are able to offer high-quality CTE programs. The overall request is a $900 million increase over what was appropriated by Congress in FY2020.
The budget also requests $200 billion for DOL apprenticeship programs, which is a $25 million increase over what was appropriated by Congress in FY2020 and $30 million more than what the President requested last year.
The president has also called for $1 trillion in infrastructure investment, including $70 billion for water infrastructure projects nationwide, in addition to $614 million for rural water projects.
Congress is expected to release its budget proposal sometime this spring, which will initiate the appropriations process that would result in a final spending bill by September 30. PHCC Government Affairs will keep you apprised of developments and will advocate vigorously for full funding of CTE and apprenticeship programs, and to rebuild America’s aging water infrastructure.
A copy of the president’s FY2021 Budget Request can be viewed here.
Director of Legislative Affairs , PHCC-National Association