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Thursday, March 7, 2013

 11:47 AM 

Vos: worker training was taken out of mining bill because of timeline

During a debate on a simple amendment that would restore money for mining skills grants, Speaker Robin Vos clarified why the provision -- which was included in a compromise bill drafted last year -- was removed: the mine simply wouldn't get up and running that fast.

Vos, responding to a question from Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, Vos said that there is "no point in putting this money aside" for something that will happen well outside of the scope of the this budget cycle. Republicans said that debate over the timeline has made it clear that the project won't get under way until 3-4 years down the line.

While Vos did say that he believed money would be put forward in a future budget cycle for these skills training grants, that would not happen today.

On a separate note, Democrats are still being cut off at the two-minute mark by Speaker Pro Tem Bill Kramer. Democrats are starting to ask for a more courteous approach on the time limit.

Kramer clarified that he'll give a warning.

"When I stand up, it's at 1:45, fair enough?"


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