Flint Recovery Act 101 Presentation

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The Recovery 101 presentation given on May 19, 2009 in Flint, MI. Hosted by the Mid Michigan Innovation Team in collaboration with Corporation for a Skilled Workforce and the Mott Community College Regional Technology Center. Presenters include representatives from Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and the National Employment Law Project.

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  • Facilitated by Tom Crampton, Board Member of Mid Michigan Innovation Team Executive Dean of Mott Community College Regional Technology Center/M-TEC
  • Facilitated by Lisa Katz, Senior Policy Analyst, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
  • Facilitated by Tom Crampton, Board Member of Mid Michigan Innovation Team Executive Dean of Mott Community College Regional Technology Center/M-TEC
  • Flint Recovery Act 101 Presentation

    1. 1. Recovery Act 101 Hosted by the Mid-Michigan Innovation Team in collaboration with Corporation for a Skilled Workforce and Mott Community College Regional Technology Center May 19, 2009
    2. 2. Welcome and Introductions Tom Crampton, Board Member of Mid Michigan Innovation Team Executive Dean of Mott Community College Regional Technology Center/M-TEC
    3. 3. General Overview of American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) Diana Carpenter, Team Lead for No Worker Left Behind Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth (DELEG)
    4. 4. Overview of ARRA Energy Opportunities Representative, Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth (DELEG)
    5. 5. Overview of ARRA and Worker Transition Supports Lindsey Webb Trade Adjustment Assistance Coordinator National Employment Law Project (NELP)
    6. 6. Trade Adjustment Assistance • The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program helps workers who have lost their jobs as a result of foreign trade. • The TAA program offers a variety of benefits and services to eligible workers, including job training, income support, job search and relocation allowances, a tax credit to help pay the costs of health insurance, and a wage subsidy to workers 50 years of age and older. • The Trade and Globalization Adjustment Assistance Act of 2009 is part of the Recovery Act
    7. 7. Changes for TAA • In general, changes to worker benefits and the new certification criteria apply to petitions file on or after May 18, 2009. • Except workers already enrolled in HCTC will experience the change in the tax credit, from 65/35% to 80/20% starting in May • There will be two parallel programs for 2 years
    8. 8. Certification • Old Law: – Must make a product – Must have lay-offs – Adversely impacted by trade • Increase of imports of like or directly competitive products • Shift in Production • Secondary certification
    9. 9. Certification • New Law: – Service & Public Workers – Workers whose firm has shifted production to any foreign country. – Workers whose firm produces component parts of a finished article produced by its customer(s). – Workers in firms that supply testing, packaging, maintenance and transportation services to companies with TAA-certified workers. – Workers whose firm is identified in an International Trade Commission “injury” determination listed in the Act.
    10. 10. Benefits: Income Support • Weekly Income Support: Trade Readjustment Allowance – Old Law: Up to 104 weeks of cash payments for workers in full-time training; Can extend to 130 weeks if the worker needs remedial training. – New Law: Up to 130 weeks of cash payments for workers in full-time training; Can extend to 156 weeks if worker needs remedial training. • NB: Law requires workers exhaust State UI benefits first, which may impact the amount of time a worker receives TRA benefits.
    11. 11. Benefits: Education and Training under the old law. • On the Job Training – Employer is reimbursed 50% of wages paid • No other training or weekly income support is available after on the job training. However, workers can still take advantage of other TAA benefits, including HCTC. • School Training – Up to 104 weeks of fully paid educational training – Must enhance employability – Training must be completed in 104 instructional weeks – Training can be a shorter period of time – Training must be vocationally driven and there must be a demand for the occupation • Remedial Education – Additional 26 weeks of TAA and TRA for workers who need remedial training
    12. 12. Benefits: Education and Training under the new law. • Training may be approved on a full-time or part-time basis. – Although, full-time training is required for TRA eligibility. • Certified workers may begin approved training when threatened with lay-off.
    13. 13. Enrollment Deadlines for Education and Training • Old Law: known as the 8 and 16 week rule – Required that workers must be enrolled in training 8 weeks after certification or 166 weeks after layoff, whichever is later in order to receive TRA • New Law: Workers must be enrolled in training, 26 weeks after certification or layoff, whichever is later to get TRA.
    14. 14. Job Search and Relocation Allowances • Job Search Allowances – Old Law: 90% of allowable costs, up to $1,250 – New Law: 100% of allowable costs, up to $1,500 • Relocation Allowances – Old Law: 90% of costs, up to the statutory limit for Federal Employees • Provides an additional lump sum payment of up to $1,250 – New Law: 100% of costs, up to the statutory limit for Federal Employees • Provides an additional lump sum payment of up $1,500
    15. 15. Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance • Old Law – Available to workers 50 years of age or older – Requires a separate certification of group eligibility – Workers may not participate in TAA-approved training – Requires full-time employment within 26 weeks of separation – Available only for workers earning less than $50,000 per year in reemployment – Maximum benefit of $10,000 over a period of up to two years – Participants are eligible for the HCTC
    16. 16. Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance • New Law – Available to workers 50 years of age or older – Does not require a separate certification of group eligibility – Workers may participate in TAA- approved training – Requires full-time employment, unless the worker is also enrolled in TAA-approved training and employed at least 20 hours per week, and does not set a deadline for reemployment – Available only for workers earning less than $55,000 per year in reemployment – Maximum benefit of $12,000 over a period of up to two years – Participants are eligible for the HCTC
    17. 17. Health Coverage Tax Credit • The legislation amends the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) program by increasing the premium subsidy level from 65 percent to 80 percent, and provides workers retroactive payments to help cover the up-front costs of obtaining health coverage. • Additionally, the legislation provides some expanded coverage of spouses and dependents in the case of death or divorce. • $150 million in grant funding is available under this legislation to help states improve the availability of health insurance options, such as “mini-cobra” laws.
    18. 18. TAA for Communities and Firms $230 million of new funding for communities affected by trade, Particularly small and medium sized communities, are eligible for strategic planning grants, sector partnership grants, and community college and career training grants. Great Lakes TAAC University of Michigan Business School Business and Industrial Assistance Division 506 East Liberty St., 3rd Floor, Carver Building Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2210 Toll free: (877) 877-5439
    19. 19. Contact Information Lindsay Webb TAA Coordinator 734.369.5615 office 734.731.4678 cell lwebb@nelp.org
    20. 20. 10 Minute Break
    21. 21. Overview of ARRA Economic Development Opportunities Mike Pohnl, Recovery Coordinator Michigan Economic Development Corporation
    22. 22. MEDC’s ARRA Team  Economic Recovery  New Markets Coordinators (ERCs)  Business  Mike Pohnl Development  Amy Banninga  CATeam  Summer Interns  Program  Research/REMI Administration  Legislative Affairs and Policy
    23. 23. ARRA Current Status  Formula funding announcements have begun  Recovery.gov  Grants.gov  Michigan.gov/Recovery  MichiganAdvantage.org/Recovery  Competitive funding announcements will follow  More information arrives daily
    24. 24. ARRA Formula Funding  Most money will pass through normal process to state and local governments for administration.  Most federal regulations will still be in place, but some relaxation of rules and match requirements  There is some discretion in the allocation of a portion of formula funds, such as those allocated to the Energy Office. These funds will be allocated based on the governor’s priorities.
    25. 25. ARRA Competitive Funding Opportunities  Money will flow through federal agencies by a formal solicitation process – projects will compete for funds.  Companies, communities and other institutions need to be ready to apply for these opportunities  MEDC Interns will be used to identify opportunities, but companies and communities need to be proactive.
    26. 26. ARRA Opportunities for Government Existing programs with additional dollars or flexibility.  Michigan to receive a CDBG allocation of $34 million through ARRA. $25 million will be allocated directly to entitlement communities, while $9 million will supplement the CDBG funds already administered by the MEDC.
    27. 27. ARRA Opportunities for Government Existing programs with additional dollars or flexibility  Rural Development (RDA),  Economic Development Authority (EDA),  VISTA and AmeriCorps,  Neighborhood Stabilization,  Rural Business Program have all received additional funding.
    28. 28. ARRA Opportunities for Government RDA - Rural Business Program  Bolsters the existing private credit structure through the guarantee of quality loans which will provide lasting community benefits
    29. 29. ARRA Opportunities for Government RDA- Rural Communities Facilities  Loan and grant funds may be used to construct, enlarge, or improve community facilities for schools, libraries, health care, fire and rescue stations, police stations, community centers, public buildings and transportation
    30. 30. ARRA Opportunities for Government Economic Development Authority  Addresses long-term economic distress in urban industrial cores and rural areas  Public Works, Incubators, Technical Assistance  Focus on areas with recent economic distress
    31. 31. ARRA Opportunities for Government Americorps and VISTA  Funds local and national organizations and agencies committed to using national service to address critical community needs in education, public safety, health and the environment.  Eligible applicants are existing, funded programs. ARRA funds will be add-on grants to current grantees.
    32. 32. ARRA Opportunities for Government Broadband  ARRA funding of $7.2 billion  State plan to provide each county seat with broadband access  Reduce access costs for underserved and unserved markets  Detail of plan still being developed
    33. 33. ARRA Opportunities for Government Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants Michigan will receive Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funding through ARRA for local energy efficiency and conservation efforts. $57.6 million going directly to 69 Michigan communities and tribal governments, $11.4 million to communities through a competitive grant process. More information at www.Michigan.gov/Recovery.
    34. 34. ARRA Opportunities for Government Recovery Zone Bonds  Recovery Zone Bonds are intended to stimulate economic recovery in recovery zones.  A Recovery Zone is any area that has been designated by a county/large municipality as having significant poverty, unemployment, or general distress.  The Federal government will allocate each category of Recovery Zone Bonds to the states. Each state will then allocate its share to counties and large municipalities based on their decrease in employment compared to the state’s decrease in employment.  Counties and large municipalities will issue bonds for activity in designated Recovery Zones, based on this allocation.
    35. 35. ARRA Opportunities for Government Trade Adjustment Assistance Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) programs are improved. Reforms go into effect on May 18, 2009  Expands TAA coverage to more workers and firms, including workers and firms in the service sector  Improves workers’ training opportunities by allowing training through community colleges and other providers, and improves opportunities for health insurance coverage (grants up to $1 million)  Creates a TAA for Communities grant program to assist communities impacted by trade (grants up to $5 million)
    36. 36. ARRA Opportunities for Government Trade Adjustment Assistance Benefits for TAA Eligible Communities include:  Technical assistance to assist a community affected by trade  Help to identify federal, state and local resources available to assist the community  Reimbursement of up to 75 percent of the cost of developing a strategic plan for the community’s economic adjustment  TAA for Communities grant program to assist communities impacted by trade (grants up to $5 million)
    37. 37. Web Resources Federal Government  Recovery.gov  Grants.gov State Government  Michigan.gov/Recovery  MichiganAdvantage.org/Recovery
    38. 38. MEDC Contacts Mike Pohnl 517-373-6567 PohnlM@michigan.org Amy Banninga 517-241-2092 BanningaA1@michigan.org
    39. 39. Question and Answer
    40. 40. Recovery Act Action Planning Lisa Katz, Senior Policy Analyst, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce 1. How is ARRA relevant to your organization’s work? 2. What opportunities do you see for collaboration because of ARRA? 3. What would help you take the next step to make this collaboration possible?
    41. 41. Concluding Remarks Tom Crampton, Board Member of Mid Michigan Innovation Team Executive Dean of Mott Community College Regional Technology Center/M-TEC
    42. 42. Thank you! Don’t forget to fill out the survey and register for a fabulous prize! More information on ARRA is available at http://recoveryactresource.wikispaces.com/

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