Representative Subeck and Senator Smith Introduce Bill Tackling Workforce Shortage and Poverty in Wisconsin

MADISON – Today Representative Lisa Subeck (D-Madison) and Senator Jeff Smith (D-Brunswick) held a press conference to introduce an omnibus bill to address poverty and inequity in the state of Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Opportunity Act directs much-needed funding to critical programs that not only alleviate the effects of poverty, but also help connect Wisconsinites who want to work with employers and the resources they need to re-enter the workforce.

As part of a comprehensive approach to tackling indigence in Wisconsin, this bill addresses workforce development, transportation priorities and housing issues, including lead abatement. This bill targets the most harmful consequences of poverty in Wisconsin and will provide the support citizens need to break out of the cycle of poverty.

Representative Subeck and Senator Smith were joined by Brad Paul, the executive director of the Wisconsin Community Action Program (WISCAP), and Corie Dejno, Southwest Wisconsin Community Action Program (WISCAP) Transportation Director.

Representative Lisa Subeck: “Many of our neighbors are struggling to make ends meet. While we are blessed to have organizations, agencies, and individuals dedicated to the fight against poverty, we also know that they aren’t getting the resources they need. The Wisconsin Opportunity Act is our comprehensive plan to break the cycle of poverty in Wisconsin, developed in coordination with the people on the ground working every day to do just that.

Covering everything from workforce development to housing to transportation, the Wisconsin Opportunity Act will direct much needed resources to agencies and programs with a proven track record of connecting people living in poverty with good jobs and the resources they need to get back on their feet.” 

Senator Jeff Smith: This bill is the work of numerous organizations, and we appreciate these nonpartisan community groups for their efforts to support rural communities and low-income families. I also greatly appreciate Representative Subeck’s leadership on this bill, and am proud to bring this bill forward alongside her. The work our legislative colleagues, community advocates and other stakeholders have done to develop this legislation will make a difference in the fight against poverty.”

WISCAP Executive Director Brad Paul:WISCAP and the statewide network of Community Action Agencies support the Wisconsin Opportunity Act. We are there with you as a resource and partner every step of the way.