AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A bill aimed at closing the so-called "skills gap," which separates potential workers in Maine from good jobs, faces House and Senate votes early this week.

The bill has won unanimous committee approval and is supported by business, education and labor leaders.

The legislation seeks to renew a partnership among overnment, education, workers and businesses to train workers for skilled jobs that are going unfilled.

Dana Connors, president of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, says the bill is good for Maine's economy and businesses.

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Seth Goodall of Richmond says the bill helps Maine workers get the right skills for today's economy.