Senator Steve Daines introduced bipartisan legislation with Sen. Cory Booker a democrat from New Jersey to expand education savings plans to skilled workers to help cover training costs, including, tools, books and equipment.

“My bill will better empower people to pursue the job they want by removing barriers like training costs and will give them the support and resources necessary to make them competitive in their profession of choice,” said Daines. “These are good-paying jobs.”


Statements of Support

“An IBEW apprenticeship equipped me with the skills I needed for a good paying and rewarding career. Giving families and apprentices access to 529s can help others change their lives for the better as well.” -- John Gordon, IBEW Helena Local 233 Business Manager

More than ever, Montana’s economy needs skilled trades workers. This legislation gives individuals more of an incentive to enroll in apprentice programs and help make sure Montana has the skilled workforce we need to thrive and compete in today’s globalized economy.” -- Mark Maki, State Training Director for the Montana Electrical Training Alliance


“Our contractors face a severe skilled labor shortage all across the state, and the country; Senator Daines and Warren’s efforts are common sense and most welcome.” -- Jim Michlig, Manager/Owner  Kalispell Electric Inc., Kalispell


“The 529 reform offered by Senators Daines and Warren is the type of leadership our contractors in Montana need in order to get back to work.” -- Curtis Butts, President, Service Electric Inc., Bozeman


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