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By JOTF on 6/28/2012
by Melissa Broome
On June 5, the Maryland State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights hosted a briefing in Annapolis to gather information on racial disparities in incarceration rates in Maryland prisons.  Numerous policymakers and justice advocates, including myself, testified before the committee to urge further exploration of this area.
By JOTF on 6/27/2012
by Andrea Roethke
A report hot of the press from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce gives the performance of Maryland colleges and universities a mixed review.  In Leaders & Laggards: A State-by-State Report Card on Public Postsecondary Education, the Chamber’s Institute for a Competitive Workforce examines performance, cost and outcomes at public institutions in all 50 states.
By JOTF on 6/13/2012
by Melissa Broome

It's been almost seven years since I first interviewed for the position of Senior Policy Advocate at JOTF and - as embarrassing as this is to admit - I spent the night before the interview frantically researching how a bill becomes a law. Memories of my high school government course were foggy and I was worried that I would get asked. Thank goodness I didn't. No textbook or webpage could ever fully encompass the grueling, gut-wrenching, heart-palpitating, roller-coaster-ride of a process otherwise known as passing a bill. 

By JOTF on 6/3/2012

by Andrea Roethke
In 2005, Pennsylvania created a network of Industry Partnerships. The system brings employers together to strategize around common workforce needs and develop collaborative training initiatives. The state provides support for training, with matching dollars from employers. According to the Pennsylvania Fund for Workforce Solutions, over 6,300 employers have contributed over $75 million in matching funds to train more than 100,000 Pennsylvania workers through the system. In 2011, the state passed legislation formally writing Industry Partnerships into state law.

By JOTF on 6/3/2012

by Matt Stubbs
Many of us take for granted having a readily available mode of transportation. We have no worries or doubts about how we are getting to work in the morning or how we are going to drop our kids off at school or daycare. For some, however, a reliable source of transportation is life changing. In March, a JumpStart graduate named Harold received a car from Vehicles for Change (VFC) with JOTF’s sponsorship.

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