On January 25, Governor Charlie Baker and Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Ronald L. Walker, II, joined members of the Governor’s Task Force on Persons Facing Chronically Higher Rates of Unemployment to announce new initiatives addressing higher rates of unemployment faced by some populations, and a $5 million investment in the Fiscal Year 2017 budget proposal to increase employment opportunities. The state funds will provide grants to community-based organizations and others that partner with businesses to develop job training and employment opportunities for populations that face higher unemployment rates. Persons with Disabilities are included as one of the populations to be assisted. The state dollars are aimed to leverage existing federal and state funding.
You can read the task force report here.