The Job Opportunities Task Force (JOTF) advocates for legislative and budget proposals to improve the educational and employment opportunities for Maryland’s low-skill, low-income workers and families. Our public policy advocacy stems from a recognition that a healthy Maryland economy requires public policies that meet the workforce needs of employers and promote fair and equitable access to educational and employment opportunities for low-income Marylanders.
This year, JOTF focused on policies that support transitioning low-wage workers and job seekers to sustainable, higher-wage employment and mitigating the damage on workers from the Coronavirus Pandemic.
During the 90-day (virtual) legislative session in Annapolis, JOTF will actively support overrides of gubernatorial vetoes and public policy initiatives that promote access and eliminate barriers to education, training, and job opportunities for low-income workers and job seekers. These efforts include expanding access to worker supports and benefits like paid sick leave and other worker protections, especially in public health emergencies; robust budget investments in skills training, adult education, and educational and vocational credentialing for incarcerated persons; and, decriminalizing poverty and race for low income workers of color in Maryland.
For more information on our 2021 policy agenda and public policy efforts, please contact our Policy Advocate, Christopher Dews.