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


Dunn County News Editor

Barbara Lyon is the editor of The Dunn County News in Menomonie, WI.

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