Weekly Democratic radio address: "Bills address looming workforce crisis"


STEVENS POINT, WI – Today, Senator Julie Lassa (D-Stevens Point) offered the Democratic weekly radio address on building Wisconsin's skilled workforce. 

“That’s why I have worked with my colleagues to author bills that would provide student loan relief to graduates with in demand skills, and to those who move to Wisconsin’s rural communities. These proposals will give us a powerful tool to retain and attract more talented young people to live in our state.  It’s the kind of action we need to make Wisconsin’s economy stronger, now and in the future."  - Sen. Julie Lassa
 

The audio file of this week’s address can be found here:
http://media2.legis.wisconsin.gov/multimedia/Sen24/lassaradio12.17.15.mp3

A written transcript of the address is below: 

“Hi, I’m State Senator Julie Lassa. Wisconsin is facing a workforce crisis. The Department of Workforce Development estimates that by 2022, Wisconsin will have a massive labor shortage as the Baby Boom generation continues to retire. A shrinking labor force will prevent our economy from growing, and that will hit every Wisconsin resident in the pocketbook. 

“As a member of the Council on Workforce Investment, I participated in crafting a four-year strategic plan to address our state’s growing demand for educated and skilled talent. Two of the Council’s recommendations involved using student loan debt relief to encourage recent college graduates to bring their skills in high-demand fields to Wisconsin.  Not only would this help grow and shape Wisconsin’s skilled workforce to meet the demands of tomorrow’s economy, it will also help young people with the growing burden of higher education loan debt.  

“That’s why I have worked with my colleagues to author bills that would provide student loan relief to graduates with in demand skills, and to those who move to Wisconsin’s rural communities. These proposals will give us a powerful tool to retain and attract more talented young people to live in our state.  It’s the kind of action we need to make Wisconsin’s economy stronger, now and in the future.”