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New State Commission Aims To Fix Shortage Of Skilled Workers

The Commission on Texas Workforce of the Future will issue its recommendations just ahead of the 2021 legislative session, with the aim of producing legislation comparable in scope to school finance reform.

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This file March 2017 photo shows a welder working in the Houston area.

Houston’s business community is claiming several big wins out of the recently ended session of the Texas Legislature, including school finance reform and flood infrastructure aid. But another law passed that could be just as important for the region’s economy in the long run.

Texas has a shortage of skilled trades workers. The new law sets up a commission to study what changes schools and businesses must make to close that gap. Taylor Landin, senior vice president for public policy at the Greater Houston Partnership, compares it to the multiyear effort to fix public school finance.

“The school finance package that came together was a direct result of the Commission on Public School Finance that was put together before the session that just concluded,” Landin says. “And many of those recommendations from that commission ended up in the final school finance package. So this is exactly the same model that we are looking for to undertake related to workforce development.”

The Commission on Texas Workforce of the Future will make its recommendations just ahead of the 2021 legislative session.

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Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media’s business reporter, covering the oil...

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