Franken Introduces Budget Amendments

Friday, March 22nd, 2013 at 6:16 am

U.S. Sen. Al Franken introduced several amendments to the Senate’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget resolution in Washington. On Thursday, he introduced amendments to help keep college affordable, train the country’s workforce, and increase access to rural broadband.

Sen. Franken said access to affordable higher education, workforce training, and Internet that we can rely on is critical to growing Minnesota’s economy. The Senator, in a press release noted that the amendments he’s working to get into the Senate’s budget are examples of smart investments that will yield a high return and help secure future economic prosperity.

Sen. Franken’s bipartisan college affordability amendment would encourage the creation of a universal financial aid letter so families understand the true cost of college and prioritize programs that allow students to take courses for college credit while in high school.

Sen. Franken’s workforce training amendments address Minnesota’s growing skills gap while he also also introduced a bipartisan amendment that would prioritize projects geared towards promoting and building broadband networks in rural areas.


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