Virginia Goodwill Network Public Policy

Updated: January 22, 2019

Strengthening Virginia’s Workforce Development System

The Virginia Goodwill Network supports the following initiatives:

Long Term Employment Support Services (LTESS} Extended Employment Services (EES}

The Virginia Goodwill Network supports clarifying eligibility of ESOs to receive state funds through the LTESS and EES programs, including those that provide competitive or commensurate wages. We support an employment referral process that recognizes the individual choice of those referred. We further support strengthening the ESO Steering Committee by establishing it as an advisory board in the executive branch.

Repeal Requirement of Suspension of Driver’s License for Unsatisfied Judgements or Nonpayment of Fines and Costs

The Virginia Goodwill Network is concerned that the loss of a driver’s license has a significant impact on the ability of workers to get to work, especially those who have other barriers to employment. We view a punishment that jeopardizes access to work as counterproductive to the success of the worker and to the payment of fines and judgements.

The VGN supports added flexibility in the TANF Program to allow continued child care assistance after the termination of benefits if the individual is enrolled in accredited postsecondary education leading to an industry-recognized credential, certification or license.

BUDGET ACTIONS

The Virginia Goodwill Network supports proposed increases in Fast Forward (formerly called the Workforce Credential Grant Program). The program successfully supports workforce credentialing programs at Virginia’s community colleges and has increased the number of those receiving industry credentials or certifications in high-demand fields.