Following the adoption of several Rural Wisconsin Initiative health care bills in the budget, my colleagues and I are looking to build on that success by passing a package of bills to further bolster the state’s workforce.
The Rural Wisconsin Workforce Package would:
Allow students to earn credit toward an apprenticeship for work completed during high school
Create rural opportunity zones, incentivizing young people from out of state to re-locate to rural Wisconsin
Enable school districts to exceed revenue caps commensurate with investments made in capital infrastructure used in technical education, such as welding machines
Establish a tax deduction for apprenticeship tuition expenses
Members of the state’s Rural Wisconsin Initiative, of which I am a part, also affirmed their support for Second Start legislation, which Rep. Krug introduced earlier this session. This legislation allows Wisconsin’s technical colleges and two-year colleges to immediately reach out to a student who has dropped out of the university system.
This package will attract new talent to Wisconsin and help give further job opportunities to young people already living here. I am working to ensure that rural western Wisconsin remains a place of opportunity.
To learn more about the Rural Wisconsin Initiative, please visit www.RuralWisconsin Initiative.com.