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Texas should promote the employment of dependents of military reservists who are called to serve during the war effort.
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), in conjunction with local workforce development boards and local chambers of commerce, has the ability, the tools and the duty to promote the availability of jobs in Texas. The agency has the responsibility to manage and provide workforce development to job seekers in the state and is the state government agency in charge of providing career development, job search resources and job training programs. The agency also assists targeted populations in receiving employment.
The terrorist acts which took place in the United States on September 11, 2001 resulted in military action that is aimed at ending terrorism throughout the world. This task will require the additional strength of military reserves to aid in the fight and to provide domestic security.
To date in Texas, approximately 1,400 reservists have been called to duty in the war against terrorism. The president has indicated he may call up to 50,000 reservists nationally. Based on current trends, as many as 2,500 Texas reservists could be called away from home to serve America in this time of war.
How can the State of Texas help?
The potential exists for the state to provide assistance in finding employment to unemployed spouses of reservists called away from home. In providing this service, TWC could work with private companies to find employers who are willing to give priority hiring status to unemployed individuals whose spouses are called into military service.
This effort could include TWC reaching out to private sector employers to determine those who would be open to providing priority hiring status to spouses of reservists and emergency personnel who are called away from home to serve their country in this time of war. Once determined, a list of these employers and their job openings could be made publicly available and qualified applicants could respond appropriately and at their own discretion.
Not only could this service benefit families who have lost a provider for a period of time due to a mother or father leaving to participate in the war, it would give employers an added opportunity to serve the war effort.
This recommendation would have no significant fiscal impact on the state.
 This estimate is based on the president’s original authorization to call 50,000 reservists to active duty.
 E-mail from Tamara Plaut, revenue estimator, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, October 11, 2001.