The MSHA State Grants program, so valued by aggregates operators for its support of quality safety and health training for miners, is funded in the $1.1 trillion FY 2015 omnibus government spending bill. Included in the Labor Department appropriation for MSHA of $375.8 million (same amount allotted for the current year), the State Grants program will be funded at a level of $8.441 million. The program is estimated to train approximately 80,000 workers annually. Despite the Obama Administration’s efforts to eliminate this valuable program, Congress continues to appreciate the program’s value and deliver funding.
With member support, NSSGA helped spearhead the effort to achieve Congressional passage of an appropriation for the program. Playing a pivotal role was House Appropriations Committee Chairman, Hal Rogers. R-Ken. Rogers is quoted as saying of the program:
“These vital grants help save the lives of many miners.”
“I support preserving funding for these grants in the future.”