March 6, 2003
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DWD ANNOUNCES CREATION OF W-2
TRANSITIONAL JOBS TASK FORCE
Transitional Jobs Task Force website
Madison – Department of Workforce Development Secretary Roberta
Gassman today announced the creation of a Task Force
to advise the department on the implementation of a Transitional Jobs
component to the Wisconsin Works (W-2) program.
"Wisconsin is committed to assisting low-income parents by helping
them attain economic self-sufficiency through different levels of
employment opportunities and training services. Transitional Jobs can
provide important work experience while also teaching the responsibilities
and rewards of paid employment," said DWD Secretary Roberta Gassman.
Governor Jim Doyle announced the Transitional Jobs program in his
2004-2005 state budget, with access to work-site mentoring, education,
training and transportation assistance, to build upon Wisconsin’s W-2
program and to increase employment and earnings opportunities for
The Task Force will consist of 15 members
including legislators from both houses and both major political parties,
business, labor and external stakeholder groups such as community
organizations, W-2 agencies and Workforce Development Boards.
Additionally, the Task Force will include three non-voting research and
program experts to serve as technical advisors.
As now successfully used around the country, Transitional Jobs will
bring to participants eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
With additional participants qualifying for the EITC, millions of new
federal dollars will flow into Wisconsin providing important help to
families and businesses in areas of economic distress.
Governor Doyle has asked the Department of Workforce Development to
structure the Transitional Jobs program to:
- Provide real world work opportunities for W-2 participants;
- Preserve W-2 participant incentives for moving into unsubsidized
- Prevent displacement of non-W-2 workers by subsidized W-2 workers;
- Minimize changes to existing law, rules or the existing W-2 program
- Encourage employers to provide transitional job work sites;
- Address labor shortages in specific economic sectors, such as health
- Build upon existing Wisconsin employment and training initiatives
already in place.
The Task Force will submit a final report to the Secretary with
recommendations by August 1, 2003. A list of Task Force members is
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