Wis. Assembly approves workforce bill, passes manufacturing measure

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Assembly has passed a bipartisan bill that would lay out $100,000 for manufacturing forums.

The bill would require the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to facilitate the forums. The measure's authors, Rep. Scott Krug, a Nekoosa Republican, and Rep. Andy Jorgensen, a Fort Atkinson Democrat, say the bill will bring manufacturers together so they can develop better ways of doing business and more efficient supply chains.

The Assembly passed the bill 92-6 Thursday. The legislation goes next to the state Senate.

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Wis. Assembly approves workforce training bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Assembly has approved a bill that would set out $15 million for job training grants over the next two years.

Public and private organizations that provide matching funds would be eligible for grants, which could be used to train both new and incumbent employees. The bill would appropriate about $5 million for the Department of Workforce Development to administer the program.

The measure also would require DWD to create a new computer database that would match job-seekers with employers.

The Assembly approved the bill on a 94-4 vote. It goes next to the state Senate.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Assembly plans to take up Republicans' contentious mining bill on March 7.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, a Burlington Republican, told reporters during a news conference Thursday GOP leaders expect to begin debate that morning and spend most of the day on the bill.

Republicans control the chamber, making passage all but certain. Approval would send the bill on to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature. The Senate narrowly passed the bill after a nearly nine-hour debate Wednesday evening.

The bill is designed to clear the regulatory path for a huge open-pit iron mine just south of Lake Superior. Republicans say the mine would create hundreds of jobs for the economically depressed region. Democrats and conservationists maintain the bill will relax environmental protections and lead to devastating pollution.


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