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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

Thursday, January 22, 2015
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Governor Scott Walker Announces Workforce Readiness Plan

Investments in 2015-17 State Budget proposal build on initiatives to help people get family-supporting jobs in high-demand fields

De Pere/Mosinee – Governor Scott Walker today is making stops at Wel Companies in De Pere, and Sulzer Machine & Manufacturing, Inc. in Mosinee, to talk about the investments in workforce readiness included in the 2015-17 State Budget proposal.

"We know employers in Wisconsin have jobs available, but they don’t have enough qualified employees to fill those positions," Governor Walker said. "With this budget, we are addressing some of the barriers keeping people from achieving true freedom and prosperity and the independence that comes with having a good job and doing it well."

Helping People Move from Government Dependence to Independence:

Some employers in high-demand fields, including manufacturing, require their employees be drug-free for safety and other reasons. To assist those looking to secure these positions, the budget includes a plan to require drug testing of those who are applying for or receiving benefits from programs, which may include unemployment insurance, FoodShare, Transform Milwaukee, transitional jobs, and others.

Those who fail the drug test will be offered the opportunity to participate in a drug treatment program, free of charge, as well as job training.

Workforce Readiness Initiatives in Governor Walker’s 2015-17 State Budget plan:

Investments in Workforce Readiness in the 2015-17 State Budget proposal build on Governor Walker’s priority of developing our workforce, through the Blueprint for Prosperity and Wisconsin Fast Forward, and other legislation, with more than $100 million in investments so far:

Wisconsin's Growing Need for Skilled, Motivated Workers

As of this week, there are nearly 70,000 open positions posted on the Job Center of Wisconsin website https://jobcenterofwisconsin.com/. Over the next eight years until 2022, it is estimated that there will be 760,200 job openings and replacement positions that need to be filled in Wisconsin.

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