HCR 1: Establishing a joint task force on labor workforce, training, and retention.

00 HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 1 01 Establishing a joint task force on labor workforce, training, and retention. 02 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 WHEREAS the state, like many states across the nation, is facing a workforce 04 shortage among all sectors of its economy; and 05 WHEREAS the state has experienced several years of outmigration, which has led to 06 a decline in population; and 07 WHEREAS the future economic health of the state will depend heavily on workforce 08 education, training, and development; and 09 WHEREAS the lack of affordable housing, child care, and reliable broadband 10 contribute to our current workforce crisis; and 11 WHEREAS significant amount of federal infrastructure money has been appropriated 12 to the state; and 13 WHEREAS major oil development projects, including Willow and Pikka, will be 14 coming on line in the next few years; and 15 WHEREAS multiple agencies, organizations, and associations in the state are 16 working to improve workforce availability and development; and

01 WHEREAS the Alaska State Legislature should remain informed on these issues and 02 should be actively engaged in promoting and pursing any efforts to mitigate the situation; 03 BE IT RESOLVED by the Alaska State Legislature that a joint task force on labor 04 workforce, training, and retention is established to consider labor workforce, training, and 05 retention issues and provide recommendations to the legislature; and be it 06 FURTHER RESOLVED that the speaker of the house of representatives and 07 president of the senate shall each appoint three members to the joint task force, including the 08 chairs of the respective labor and commerce committees who will serve as co-chairs of the 09 joint task force; and be it 10 FURTHER RESOLVED that the joint task force will conduct meetings throughout 11 calendar year 2023 and deliver a final report with recommendations to the legislature not later 12 than the start of the Second Regular Session of the Thirty-Third Alaska State Legislature.