Massachusetts Governor Funds Workforce Development

Massachusetts Governor Baker signed the 2023 state budget, which included $150,000 in funding for workforce development and career technical education initiatives within the recreational boating industry.  This funding will continue the initiatives and progress that the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA) has made over the last five-plus years to meet the workforce challenges within the industry.

The funds were introduced via Budget Amendments sponsored in the House by Representative William Straus of the 10th Bristol District and in the Senate by Senator Patrick O’Connor of the Plymouth & Norfolk District, joined in leadership by Representative Susan Gifford and Senator Paul Feeney, the four co-chairs of the 60-plus member Legislative Boating Caucus. There were 10 co-sponsors in the Senate and 26 co-sponsors in the House.

The recreational boating industry in Massachusetts has an economic impact of approximately $4.4 billion dollars and employs over 20,000 men and women in the state. The industry is facing a substantial workforce shortage both in Massachusetts and on a national level. Massachusetts has hundreds—if not thousands—of jobs available. This amendment will go a long way in continuing to help with the MMTA’s efforts on workforce solutions in Massachusetts.

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