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Fewer firms apply for workforce training funds after rule changes

A year of cracking down on a top Idaho incentive designed to attract businesses has resulted in fewer applicants vying for the program, the AP reports. Idaho’s workforce development training fund reimburses companies for training employees who would otherwise lose their job for not having the right specialized skills. In fiscal year 2015, which ended in June, the Idaho Department of Labor approved more than $6 million to help train employees at 11 different businesses and universities.

The dollar figure is nearly double than what was allocated a year before, but the number of companies benefiting from the award is the lowest it's been in five years. Agency Director Ken Edmunds says businesses have raised concerns that the new criteria are too strict, but he says they’re here to stay. You can read AP reporter Kimberlee Kruesi’s full report here.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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