Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 090230
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File Number: 090230 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-238-09 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: FEDERAL STIMULUS PACKAGE Introduced: 1/29/2009
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 3/3/2009
Agenda Date: 3/3/2009 Agenda Item Number: 11A17
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING CONGRESS AND THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR TO TARGET FUNDS UNDER THE FEDERAL STIMULUS PACKAGE TO TEMPORARY JOBS PROGRAMS PROVIDED BY COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATIONS TO QUICKLY PUT PEOPLE BACK TO WORK
Indexes: STIMULUS PACKAGE
  URGING
Sponsors: Dennis C. Moss, Prime Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Dorrin D. Rolle, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 3/3/2009 11A17 Adopted P
REPORT: Hearing no objection, the Board proceeded to vote on this proposed resolution as presented.

Housing & Community Development Committee 2/11/2009 2B Forwarded with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Cynthia Johnson-Stacks read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. It was moved by Commissioner Jordan that the foregoing proposed resolution be forwarded with a favorable recommendation. This motion was seconded by Commissioner Sorenson for discussion. Commissioner Sorenson spoke about the need to develop a process for acquiring the stimulus funds, and noted a resolution providing that stimulus funds be distributed directly to local governments, rather than first going to state governments, was forthcoming under her sponsorship. She also addressed the need to develop a process to prioritize the most critical projects, for which over $7 billion in funding was being requested from Tallahassee. Commissioner Sorenson suggested a request be proposed to the BCC Chair to convene a workshop to examine the prospective stimulus package. Commissioner Jordan asked the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs Director to provide committee members with the strategies being recommended in a report illustrating a breakdown of the projected stimulus package for the County by category, identifying specific projects eligible for funding. She pointed out that this information would enable committee members to solicit priorities from the departments under the purview of this committee. Commissioner Martinez emphasized the importance of distinguishing between rebuilding a community and dealing with an economy in recession with no consumer spending. He noted he requested a study on the County’s economy from Florida International University (FIU), as an approach to recouping industries that had been lost over time. He noted County contracts were continuously being awarded to the same companies and recommended criteria for goals be based on the percentage of diversity in a company’s workforce, rather than a company being Small Business Enterprise (SBE) certified. Commissioner Martinez noted this Committee needed to refocus and begin developing and working with ideas and a vision to recreate Miami-Dade County. Mr. Rick Beasley, Executive Director, South Florida Employment & Training Council (SFETC), spoke in support of the foregoing resolution. He stated the SFETC had developed a plan of action for the stimulus funding, and advised that approximately $18.7 million had been projected to be allocated to this region. There being no further questions or comments, the committee proceeded to vote.

County Attorney 2/2/2009 Referred Housing & Community Development Committee 2/11/2009

County Attorney 1/29/2009 Assigned Jess M. McCarty 2/5/2009

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING CONGRESS AND THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR TO TARGET FUNDS UNDER THE FEDERAL STIMULUS PACKAGE TO TEMPORARY JOBS PROGRAMS PROVIDED BY COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATIONS TO QUICKLY PUT PEOPLE BACK TO WORK

BODY
WHEREAS, the U.S. economy has lost more than 2.6 million jobs over the past year and U.S. companies continue to lay off tens of thousands of employees each week; and
WHEREAS, the unemployment rate for Miami-Dade County reached 7.0 percent in December, 2008; and
WHEREAS, economists from across the political spectrum have urged Congress to act quickly on a recovery package that creates jobs and spurs economic development; and
WHEREAS, the U.S. House of Representatives passed its economic stimulus package, H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) on Wednesday, January 28; and
WHEREAS, H.R. 1 is estimated to create or save as many as four million jobs over the next two years; and
WHEREAS, H.R. 1 would provide $550 billion in new domestic spending and $275 billion in tax relief and attention now turns to the U.S. Senate where consideration of the Senate’s package, S. 1 is ongoing, with the goal of having a bill ready for President Barack Obama’s signature by the President’s Day recess in mid-February; and
WHEREAS, the $550 billion in new domestic spending in H.R. 1 is targeted at creating public and private sector jobs in transportation, renewable energy, technology and other forward-looking fields; and
WHEREAS, in its current form, H.R. 1 would provide $4 billion for worker training and jobs under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), including $2.7 billion in formula grants in the following three categories: $1.2 billion to create up to one million summer jobs for youth, $1 billion for dislocated workers, and $500 million for adult jobs programs; and
WHEREAS, in addition to the $2.7 billion in formula grants, H.R. 1 provides $1.3 billion in WIA-related funding that will not be distributed based on standard formulas; and
WHEREAS, on a local level, in the wake of Hurricane Andrew, the U.S. Department of Labor funded temporary jobs programs provided by Community Based Organizations to employ people who had lost their jobs as a result of the economic impact from the storm; and
WHEREAS, this temporary jobs program provided by Community Based Organizations proved highly-effective not only at quickly providing jobs and paychecks, but also at providing a much-needed workforce for the community to help get the local economy going again; and
WHEREAS, the program provided a workforce for local infrastructure projects, schools, day cares and volunteer groups to meet needs that existed in many areas following the storm; and
WHEREAS, in conjunction with the infrastructure and additional WIA formula funding in the federal economic stimulus package, Congress and the U.S. Department of Labor should target funding to temporary jobs programs through Community Based Organizations to provide jobs to quickly put people back to work,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Urges Congress and the U.S. Department of Labor to target funds under the federal stimulus package to temporary jobs programs provided by Community Based Organizations to quickly put people back to work.
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the members of the Florida Congressional Delegation and the U.S. Secretary of Labor.
Section 3. Directs the County's federal lobbyists to advocate for the legislation set forth in Section 1 above, and authorizes and directs that the 2009 Federal Legislative Package be amended to include this item.



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