December 1, 2017


Forward Agenda Progress: Worker Training Grants


Training the Workforce

Since 2011, our priorities have included reducing the tax and regulatory burden, creating an environment that encourages job creation, and workforce development.

Recent data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics show that over the last year Wisconsin's manufacturing job-creation numbers rank 1st in the Midwest, and 2nd nationwide. Our unemployment rate currently sits at 3.4%, which is below the national average. Private sector wages across Wisconsin are also up. We are creating jobs and it is important that workers with the right skills and training are available to fill them.

We've invested significantly in workforce development and training since 2011. The 2017-19 budget includes additional funding for Fast Forward grants, which helps to fund workforce training programs such as apprenticeships and internships, with the following changes ($11.5M):

  • Creates a technical education equipment grant program which will provide grants to school districts for the purchase of tech. ed equipment ($1M).

  • Increases funding for Career and Technical Education grants, which provides funds to school districts for students who earn a tech. ed. Certificate ($1M).

  • Requires DWD to award grants to the Department of Corrections for the creation, operation, and upkeep of mobile classrooms to expand education and vocational opportunities for incarcerated offenders to prepare them for reentry into society and to help reduce recidivism ($1.1M).

  • Provides funding to support the Building Occupational Skills for Success (BOSS) program which is designed to provide students with the skills and tools needed to become future business owners ($200,000)

  • Direct WEDC to make fabrication laboratory (Fab Lab) technical assistance grants to support the increased funding to start Fab Labs in schools ($1.4M).

Next Week: Tax Reduction and Reform

Around the District


It was a busy week around the 24th Assembly District. I had the opportunity to attend a couple of grand openings and meet some great individuals and students in our community.



On Wednesday, I attended the grand opening of the Industries for the Blind Inc facility in Menomonee Falls. IB is a national manufacturer whose corporate mission is to provide employment opportunities to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. They also seek to be the leading voice that educates businesses, locally and nationally on how to create, design and build accessible workplaces for the disabled and visually impaired through the use of innovative technologies. Thanks for the tour and all the great work you do!



On Thursday, I had the chance to tour the new Innovation Center and student-run apparel store at Menomonee Falls High School. The Innovation Center provides students the opportunity to develop valuable manufacturing and technology skills.



They gave us a robotics demonstration and we also got to check out the laser cutting machine. Pretty cool stuff. Keep up the great work!


Community Events


Event: Germantown Kiwanis Breakfast with Santa

Date and Time: December 17th from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: Florian Park Conference Center, N111 W18611 Mequon Road

Description: More information available at the Kiwanis website here.

Brown Deer

Event: Brown Deer Tree Lighting

Date and Time: December 7th from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: North Shore Fire Station - 4401 W. River Lane

Description: Stop by for hot chocolate, cookies, music, fire station tours, and pictures with Santa.


Event: Menorah Lighting at Bayshore

Date and Time: December 13th at 5:30 PM

Location: Bayshore Town Center

Description: Find more information on this event here.


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