Job Service North Dakota official will testify before Congress

BISMARCK–The executive director of Job Service North Dakota is slated to testify before Congress this week.

Maren Daley will share her experiences working with North Dakota’s reemployment efforts and offer suggestions for what Washington can do to better engage the unemployed and provide states more flexibility in assisting them, according to a news release from the office of Rep. Rick Berg, R-N.D.

Daley will testify before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources during a hearing Thursday to review the unemployment benefit proposals in the president’s latest jobs plan and assess whether they will help the long-term unemployed return to work. 

North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate in the nation

Daley said she’s honored to speak before the committee. 

“Our state and Job Service North Dakota understand the importance of helping the unemployed return to work,” she said in a statement. “Job Service North Dakota has experienced positive results with reemployment activities and believes using innovative options and having flexibility to implement strategies that are good for our state ultimately provide for faster economic progress.”

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WASHINGTON — Vowing to find new ways to stimulate the sputtering economy, President Barack Obama will call for long-term investments in the nation’s roads, railways and airports that would cost at least $50 billion, administration officials said.

The infrastructure investments are one part of a package of targeted proposals the White House is expected to announce in hopes of jump-starting the economy ahead of the November election.

Obama will outline the infrastructure proposal Monday at a Labor Day event in Milwaukee.

While the proposal calls for investments over six years, officials said spending would be front-loaded with an initial $50 billion to help create jobs in the near future. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the proposals ahead of the president’s announcement.

The goals of the infrastructure plan include: rebuilding 150,000 miles of roads; constructing and maintaining 4,000 miles of railways, enough to go coast-to-coast; and rehabilitating or reconstructing 150 miles of airport runways, while also installing a new air navigation system designed to reduce travel times and delays.

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