NSSGA recruits support for MSHA State Grants Program

By |  November 10, 2014

As Congress works to create a plan for funding the FY’15 budget, NSSGA is working to gain support for funding the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA) State Grants Program.

The program was created in conjunction with the 1977 Mine Act and provides funds for states to provide safety training for miners. Although MSHA reports that the program trains about 80,000 miners annually, the administration proposed eliminating the program.

With this in mind, NSSGA has been working to gain congressional support for the program by meeting with the House and Senate Appropriations subcommittees for Labor Department. In addition to this, NSSGA has organized for operator and state association personnel to send letters in support of the funding program.

In 2014, the program received $8.4 million from the omnibus appropriations bill.

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