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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

 4:42 PM 

Hansen introduces amendment to boost tech college funding by $30 million annually

The Senate is now considering and amendment from Sen. Dave Hansen, D-Green Bay, that would increase technical school funding by $30 million annually for the next two fiscal years.

Hansen said the funding boost is needed to make up for the potential loss of funding from unions for training programs.

Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling, D-La Crosse, said training would fall to technical colleges under right to work.

She praised the union trade facilities for the options they provide to young people.

She said while the tech colleges may provide training, the students would leave to other state that do not have right-to-work laws.

Sen. Julie Lassa, D-Stevens Point, recounted a story about a workplace death involving heavy equipment due to inadequate training.

She said the state faces a skills gap and that the right-to-work bill would make the situation worse.

Sen. Janet Bewley, D-Ashland, said the training unions provide could go away under right to work. She noted that the training is provided free and allows workers to go into a job without student debt.

See the amendment: http://docs.legis.wi.gov/raw/proposal/2015/a0078


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