UPDATE: Wisconsin Assembly poised to consider tax cut plan

UPDATED Tuesday, March 18, 2014 --- 6:33 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Assembly Republicans are set to put the finishing touches on Gov. Scott Walker's $504 million tax cut plan.

The chamber is set to vote on the measure Tuesday. The Senate passed it last earlier this month; Assembly approval would send it to Walker for his signature.

Walker wants to use a portion of the state's projected $977 million surplus to fund property and income tax cuts. He introduced a bill in January that would send $406 million to technical colleges to reduce their property tax hit and cut income taxes by $98 million by reducing the lowest bracket from 4.4 percent to 4 percent.

The end result would be a $131 reduction a median home's tax bill this December and $46 in annual income tax savings for the average worker.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press
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UPDATED Friday, March 17, 2014 --- 10:00 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law a bill that spends more than $35 million on worker training efforts.

Walker signed the measure Monday at Blackhawk Technical College in Janesville.

The money will go toward a series of grants to help eliminate technical college waiting lists for high-demand fields, help high school students get job training for high-demand jobs and help people with disabilities find work.

The $35.4 million for the grants comes from a nearly $1 billion state budget surplus. The Assembly on Tuesday is scheduled to approve a half billion dollar property and income tax cut proposal that taps the majority of the surplus.

The worker training proposal found broad bipartisan support in the Legislature.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Wednesday, February 19, 2014 --- 1:41 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Legislature's budget committee has approved a bill that would funnel more than $35 million toward job training.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker proposed the measure. The plan would devote $35.4 million from the state's projected $977 million surplus for grants to help eliminate technical college waiting lists for high-demand fields, high school students get trained for high-demand jobs and the disabled find work.

The state Assembly passed the bill earlier this month. The Joint Finance Committee approved the bill 12-4 on Wednesday, setting up a vote in the state Senate.

Minority Democrats on the committee complained that the bill doesn't get enough money to technical colleges fast enough. They say Republicans could have done much more.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Tuesday, February 11, 2014 --- 6:15 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin state Assembly has passed Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to spend $35 million on worker training initiatives.

The additional spending passed Tuesday is part of a package of proposals Walker unveiled last month in response to news the state has a nearly $1 billion budget surplus.

The worker training money would go to help technical colleges train people for high-demand jobs as well as do more to help find work for people with developmental disabilities.

Democrats raised concerns that the bill does not spell out exactly how much money will go toward what program. They offered a plan to give technical colleges $100 million for worker training but that was rejected.

The bill passed on a bipartisan 77-22 vote.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, February 6, 2014 --- 10:05 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democrats say Gov. Scott Walker's plan to spend $35 million on worker training programs needs to specify exactly who will get the money rather than leaving it to the discretion of Walker's administration.

The Assembly's Workforce Development Committee passed the bill on a bipartisan 11-3 vote Thursday, clearing the way for the full Assembly to take it up on Tuesday.

Democratic critics say they hope the Legislature's budget committee will make changes to specify how the money will be spent.

The bill gives $35 million to the Department of Workforce Development to spend on eliminating technical college waiting lists for high-demand fields, help high school students get trained for high-demand jobs through dual enrollment programs, and support programs that help people with disabilities find work.

Copyright 2014. The Associated Press.

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Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 --- 3:03 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to spend $35 million to help technical colleges train people for high demand jobs is finding support at a legislative hearing.

Backers of Walker's proposal testified Tuesday before the Assembly's Committee on Workforce Development. The full Assembly was expected to vote on the plan next week.

Walker wants to spend $35 million to eliminate waiting lists for high demand fields at technical colleges, help high school students get trained for high-demand jobs through dual enrollment programs and support programs that help people with disabilities find work.

Wisconsin technical college system president Morna Foy says she is "stoked" about the possibility of the funding being approved. She says it would definitely result in more people getting trained for jobs in high-demand areas.

Copyright 2014. The Associated Press.


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