It's rare when anyone, particularly a government body, has more money than it can use.
That is the dilemma the county Workforce Investment Board is facing, and a huge dilemma it is. It is, in fact, an $18 million dilemma.
Here's the rub. The county has $18 million to spend over the next two years to retrain "dislocated" workers, but officials may not be able to find enough dislocated workers to use up the $18 million. One would think in a county with unemployment rates often hovering around 30 percent, it would be easy to find any sort of unemployed person. Local job-training/job-placement people say that is not the case.
The unfortunate part of this situation is that the training money can only be spent on dislocated workers, and a chunk of the money will have to be returned to the federal budget if not so spent, according to changes in the federal budget.