Gov. Scott Walker will be announcing a package of seven bills aimed at boosting workforce development in the state, WISC-TV has learned.
A Walker spokeswoman confirmed he would announce legislation at a small business summit in Stevens Point on Wednesday, but declined to confirm what he would be announcing or elaborate on the bills.
A source familiar with the proposals told WISC-TV that senators would act as lead authors on the bills to shepherd them through the legislative process. The bills include:
- the creation of transitional jobs programs in areas outside of Milwaukee
- changes in licensing requirements for some professions overseen by the Department of Safety and Professional Services
- adding money to a youth apprenticeship program and creating a tuition reimbursement for those programs
- creating a scholarship program for high school students headed to technical colleges
- creating a grant program for special career and technical education programs at high schools
- recreating a state W3 program to place workers on unemployment into special occupational training programs, extending a program that ended July 1, 2013
- putting $3.8 million toward vocational rehabilitation programs in order to garner an additional $14.2 million in matching funds from the federal government
Sen. Jennifer Shilling, D-La Crosse, is the author of the vocational rehabilitation funding bill and said she hadn’t been notified, except for media reports, that her bill was being included in the package.
"We’re pleased it’s included in the governor’s package, but we also recognize that we have had other Democratic bills that have languished so we need to have leadership in the Senate and the Assembly to move these bills forward,” said Shilling.
During his 2010 campaign for governor, Walker pledged to add 250,000 jobs in Wisconsin by the end of his first term.
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