Workforce development proposals included several that intend to strengthen ties between academia and the private sector. In Maine, that includes more funding for career and technical schools, while Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey suggested expanding education in the skilled trades. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson asked for funding for programs to help workers reskill in high-demand fields such as education, health care and manufacturing, according to KFVS.
Seventeen governors mentioned the rising cost of higher education, with more funding for scholarships and broader eligibility for existing financial aid programs among their proposed solutions.