Walker to announce new jobs bills

7 bills to be introduced

Published On: Dec 24 2013 07:28:10 AM CST   Updated On: Sep 25 2013 07:19:38 AM CDT
Scott Walker

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:

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.

Stay tuned to WISC-TV and Channel3000.com for further updates.