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Governor Walker's Workforce Plans

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Governor Walker's Workforce Plans

CREATED Feb. 11, 2013

De Pere, Wis.-- Governor Scott Walker announces plans to create more jobs by setting aside money in his next budget.

Governor Walker says he wants to invest nearly $100-million to develop Wisconsin's workforce and give workers skills to find jobs here in our state.

With St. Norbert College in De Pere as a backdrop, he shared his plans with students. One part is investing $23-million in state funds to improve health care in rural and urban areas through medical residency training programs. Governor Walker hopes the move can help keep physicians in Wisconsin.

"These programs and the funding we put in the budget combined will allow us to eventually  provide an additional 60 physicians per year, particulary targeted for rural and heavy needed areas across the state of Wisconsin," Governor Walker said. "This is just part of our overall efforts to connect people with skills needed to fill the jobs that we have."

The governor's plan also includes money to create a faster system to track jobs data--and require people who get food stamps and don't have dependent children, to enroll in worker training programs.

Democrats we spoke with call this a cosmetic investment, since they say Governor Walker cut $2-billion from higher and public education last budget. The governor will officially introduce the next two-year budget on February 20th.