NSSGA continues its work to spearhead support for funding the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration’s State Grants program. Called for in the 1977 Mine Act, the program delivers funds to states to provide safety training for miners. While MSHA has reported that the program trains approximately 80,000 miners annually, the administration has proposed elimination of the program. Nevertheless, congressional support for MSHA State Grants is the reason it has been able to stay alive. The omnibus appropriations bill funding the government in FY’14 allots $8.4 million for MSHA State Grants.
NSSGA met last week with Senate Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations subcommittee majority staff to emphasize the program’s importance. Further, NSSGA has arranged for operator and state association personnel to send letters in support of this important safety training program to their elected officials. Members are urged to send a letter in support of MSHA State Grants funding and should contact either Pam Whitted, NSSGA senior vice president for Legislative and Regulatory Affairs at (703) 526-1083 / firstname.lastname@example.org, or Joe Casper, vice president of Safety, at (703) 526-1074 / email@example.com.