MADISON (WSAU-Wheeler News) Majority Republicans unveiled eight new jobs bills for Wisconsin yesterday. They're mostly aimed at training more workers for high-demand jobs like manufacturing. Governor Scott Walker, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said one of their main goals this fall is to improve worker training.
The package would spend $8.5-million in state funds, with an extra $14-million in federal funds. One bill would add a million-dollars to the state's Youth Apprenticeship Program. Another would provide scholarships to top students who pursue technical education.
The most expensive bill comes from Democrats. Stevens Point Representative Katrina Shankland and La Crosse Senator Jennifer Shilling proposed $4-million for vocational rehab services to help those with disabilities. The effort would generate $14-million in federal funds.
Fitzgerald expects the entire package to be approved by the end of the year. Democratic Assembly Leader Peter Barca calls the measures "too little too late," and inadequate for a state that's lagging behind the nation in creating jobs.