Miller to co-chair national task force on employment for people with disabilities

HARRISBURG, Feb. 22 -- State Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation, today announced he will co-chair the National Task Force on the Future of the Workforce for the Council of State Governments, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor and the National Conference of State Legislatures.

“It’s an honor to be selected to serve as co-chair of the National Task Force on the Future of the Workforce. I really appreciate the opportunity to work with dozens of advocates, legislators and policy experts from around the country to work together to advance employment opportunities for people with disabilities,” Miller said. “I thank the organizers for the appointment.”

Miller, D-Allegheny, said his appointment is well-timed as employment for people with disabilities will be a key topic at his upcoming annual Disability and Mental health Summit.

“The reality is that more and more people with disabilities are leaving high school and college with degrees and a high level of academic success. But far too many are graduating to the couch rather than to a job,” Miller said. He also referenced his work last session with state Rep. Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, on passing the Employment First bill.

The task force will oversee the work of three subcommittees: Apprenticeships, Self-Employment and the Gig Economy, and Automation and Technology. Miller will also serve on the Apprenticeships subcommittee, which will develop policy recommendations for the national committee to consider inclusion in a national policy framework.

The task force will meet this coming Tuesday to Thursday at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A subsequent meeting is slated for April 11 at CSG’s headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky.