LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Governor Scott Walker signed a bill in La Crosse Friday that will benefit people with disabilities.
The bill was written by Senator Jennifer Shilling and Representative Katrina Shankland.
It increases state funding by more than $2 million in for vocational rehabilitation services in the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 fiscal years.
That means the Department of Workforce Development will get federal funds of more than $7.7 million in each of those fiscal years.
Those federal funds are only available through a 21.3% state match.
The Department of Workforce Development said right now there’s a waiting list of four to five months for people wanting its services.
But since the bill was signed Friday, it says the waiting list will now be about four weeks.
Shilling and the Governor said it’s about getting people to find jobs.
“This isn’t about charity. This about saying there are people with real abilities, and highlighting those abilities as opposed to focusing on what others calling disabilities,” said Walker.
“This will allow them to find employment in their communities and will allow them to have a voice in the workplace and help them to remove any barriers about getting into the work place if it’s transportation or training,” said Shilling.
The bill also allows the Department of Workforce development to hire nine more people who provide the services.