Horn legislation to fund additional skilled trades training measures

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ken Horn joined Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday for a bill signing ceremony for Senate Bill 946, now Public Act 260 of 2018, which Horn sponsored. The new law was formally signed in early July.

PA 260 permanently places into law the Going Pro Talent Program, which provides funding for skilled trades training. Michigan has had a version of the Skilled Trades Training Fund since 2014, but it was dependent on annual renewal by the Legislature. With this legislation, workers and employers in need of training opportunities are guaranteed the program is available.

“In recent years our state has had a severe shortage of qualified workers,” said Horn, R-Frankenmuth. “Our state is rooted in manufacturing, and skilled trades programs like this are working to put Michigan back on the map.”

Since 2014, the program has provided $72.9 million in competitive awards to more than 2,000 companies for training and apprenticeships.

“The program provides workers with additional skills to advance their careers, while also providing employers with highly trained and experienced employees to fill much-needed positions.” Horn said. “A college degree is not for everyone. There are countless alternatives available — all we need to do is encourage young Michiganders to once again learn to work with their hands and enjoy doing so.”

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Horn announces campus sexual assault funding now available through state grant

Sen. Ken Horn

Sen. Ken Horn

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Ken Horn announced on Wednesday that $1 million in grant funding was recently made available through the state of Michigan’s Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program.

“The Legislature recently approved numerous measures to make our state a national leader in addressing the issue of sexual assaults, both on and off college campuses,” said Horn, R-Frankenmuth. “This has never been more important after what was brought to light by the abuse at the hands of Dr. Nassar. We are going to continue working to improve the safety of our students.”

Michigan colleges and universities will be able to apply for funding to support new or ongoing efforts to reduce sexual assaults on campus. Applications will be accepted from public and non-public schools.

“These grants have proven to be successful in reducing the number of assaults,” Horn said. “Schools have developed mobile applications, training videos, networks for students and other resources that allow students, faculty and even other schools to work together to expand successful measures and programs.”

This is the fourth wave of grants aimed at ending sexual assault on Michigan’s college campuses since 2015 and is the largest investment in the program’s history. In 2015, the governor called for $500,000 from the fiscal year 2016 General Fund to support the grant program, which the Legislature subsequently approved. An additional $500,000 was authorized in 2017 and another $600,000 in 2018.

Funding for the most recent grant comes from a bipartisan, $1 million appropriation from the fiscal year 2019 General Fund budget.

“When parents send their children off to school, they expect them to be safe,” Horn said. “We need to make sure schools throughout Michigan have the resources they need to ensure the safety of their students.”

The application process opened on Tuesday, Aug. 14 and will run through Monday, Oct. 8. More information can be found on the Michigan State Police Website here, or at www.endcampussexualassault.com.

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Horn announces August office hours in Argentine Township

Sen. Ken Horn

Sen. Ken Horn

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, announced that August office hours are scheduled for the 32nd Senate District.

Horn will be available to meet with constituents at the following date, time and location:

Monday, Aug. 20

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Argentine Township Office Building

9048 Silver Lake Road

Linden

Horn will be on hand to answer questions and respond to concerns any residents of the district may have. No appointment is necessary.

For more information or to contact Horn, please visit www.SenatorKenHorn.com or call 517-373-1760.

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