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.

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Dunn County News Editor

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

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