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State Senate takes up $15M job training grant package Tuesday


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin lawmakers are expected to give their final approval Tuesday to a bill that would train workers for increasingly-complex jobs.

The Senate will consider giving $15 million in competitive matching grants to job training groups. The measure also sets up a new computer system to keep track of job data, and steer job seekers toward professions with the highest demands.

Governor Scott Walker proposed the measure, and the Senate’s approval would send the bill to him for his signature. The Assembly passed it 94-4 last week despite a couple of criticisms from Democrats.

There were concerns about the cost of the computer system – and one lawmaker tried but failed to have the state’s technical colleges to oversee the training effort, instead of the state’s workforce development agency.