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MoCo Looks To Stimulus Package For Job Training Funds

As president-elect Barack Obama and Congressional leaders were talking economic stimulus on Capitol Hill today, Montgomery County's elected leaders were trying to get into the game from Rockville.

County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) and Council member Michael Knapp (D-Upcounty) urged Congress to invest money not just in schools, roads and bridges, but in people. Leggett and Knapp called for an infusion of $1 million in federal funds for the county's job training programs to get new immigrants, returning military veterans and others into the workforce.

Montgomery's employers have job openings in the health care and information technology fields, Knapp said, but they are having trouble finding local people with the skills to fill the positions.

"We simply do not have the money to train the people who need training," Leggett said during a news conference.

Leggett said the county's job training and placement program had a 35 percent increase in visits to its drop-in center in the first six months of 2008.

By Ann Marimow  |  January 5, 2009; 12:16 PM ET
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How is giving homeowners a 14% increase in property taxes going to stimulate the economy in Montgomery County? That tax increase has stimulated a recession and used homeowners as ATMs. Save Our Homes!

Posted by: robinfickerofrobinrealty | January 5, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

"Leggett and Knapp called for an infusion of $1 million in federal funds for the county's job training programs to get new immigrants..."

Here we are in a recession or possibly a depression and yet these idiots are advocating spending stimulus funds on new immigrants (illegals). When is this madness going to stop?

Posted by: StLou | January 6, 2009 6:22 AM | Report abuse

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