The State of Minnesota Affirms Accountability Funding

For Immediate Release
May 17, 2018

 

The State of Minnesota Affirms Accountability Funding

Twin Cities R!SE is pleased to announce that amendments to the job training grant (Pay-for-Performance bill) (SF 2629/ HF 2937) were signed into law by Governor Mark Dayton on May 14, 2018. This important legislation provides clarity to the innovative statute that supports job training programs through performance based funding. The statute pays for successful, long term employment outcomes, including placement into quality jobs with health care benefits. The bill passed with unanimous bipartisan support in both the senate and the house.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has been very supportive of our partnership and ensuring that technical changes were made to enhance the statute’s effectiveness. We want to commend Commissioner Shawntera Hardy and her staff for their work in making it possible for lower income Minnesotans to train for and attain family sustaining jobs.

In 1997 Twin Cities R!SE became the first organization to be paid by the State based on the results and measurable outcomes we achieve. This funding model requires TCR participants to be placed into living-wage employment with an income increase of at least $8,000 annually prior to any state funds being dispersed. TCR is eligible for an additional grant when program graduates remain in their jobs for at least one year.

 A special thank you to chief authors Senator Rich Draheim and Representative Anne Neu for their commitment to this important work and our mutual efforts to reduce racial disparities in employment in our State.

 

 

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For more information about Twin Cities R!SE please contact: Stephanie Jones, Marketing and Communication Manager sejones@twincitiesrise.org or 612-338-0295

About Twin Cities R!SE:

Twin Cities R!SE (TCR) is an innovative organization that transforms lives through Personal Empowerment, career training, and meaningful employment. TCR serves lower income adults, who are faced with social and economic barriers to employment. Founded in 1993 by Steve Rothschild, a former executive at General Mills, Twin Cities R!SE serves nearly 700 adults annually in Minneapolis and St. Paul. As an outcomes-driven organization and a nationally recognized leader in Pay-For-Performance funding, Twin Cities R!SE demonstrates accountability and results. With job retention rates that far exceed local and national averages, Twin Cities R!SE is the best opportunity for lower income adults to achieve financial independence.