2011 - 2012 LEGISLATURE
February 17, 2012 - Introduced by Representatives Molepske Jr, Bewley, Clark,
Fields, Grigsby, Pasch, Pocan, Ringhand, Staskunas, Turner, E. Coggs, Krug,
Berceau, Bernard Schaber and Doyle, cosponsored by Senators Hansen,
Holperin, King and
C. Larson. Referred to Committee on Jobs, Economy and
1An Act to amend
24.61 (3) (a) 3. and 38.28 (1m) (a) 1.; and to create
38.14 (15) 2
and 238.27 of the statutes; relating to: directing the Wisconsin Economic
3Development Corporation to develop a workforce training program and
4authorizing a technical college district board to obtain a state trust fund loan
5to provide workforce training.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill directs the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) to
develop and implement a program to identify businesses that require workforce
training in order to begin or expand operations in this state. WEDC must also
determine whether the district board of the technical college district in which an
identified business is or will be located is able to provide the needed workforce
training at no cost to the business for a specified period.
The bill authorizes a technical college district board to obtain a state trust fund
loan for the purpose of providing the workforce training described above and
authorizes WEDC to repay the loan on behalf of the technical college district. The
training may occur at a district facility or at the business.
For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB575, s. 1
24.61 (3) (a) 3. of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) 3. A technical college district as provided under s. 38.14 (15) or 3
67.04 or otherwise authorized by law.
AB575, s. 2
38.14 (15) of the statutes is created to read:
38.14 (15) Workforce training program; loans.
The district board may obtain 6
a state trust fund loan under subch. II of ch. 24 to provide workforce training to a 7
business identified under s. 238.27 (1) at no cost to the business. If a district board 8
obtains such a loan, it may enter into an agreement with the board of directors of the 9
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation in which the corporation agrees to 10
pay the interest on and principal of the loan.
AB575, s. 3
38.28 (1m) (a) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) 1. "District aidable cost" means the annual cost of operating a 13
technical college district, including debt service charges for district bonds and 14
promissory notes for building programs or capital equipment, but excluding all 15
expenditures relating to auxiliary enterprises and community service programs, all 16
expenditures funded by or reimbursed with federal revenues, all receipts under sub. 17
(6) and ss. 38.12 (9), 38.14 (3) and,
(9), and (15)
, 118.15 (2) (a), and 118.55 (7r), all 18
receipts from grants awarded under ss. 38.04 (8), (20), (28), and (31), 38.14 (11), 19
38.26, 38.27, 38.33, and 38.38, all fees collected under s. 38.24, and driver education 20
and chauffeur training aids.
AB575, s. 4
238.27 of the statutes is created to read:
1238.27 Workforce training program. (1)
The corporation shall develop and 2
implement a program to identify businesses that require workforce training in order 3
to begin or expand operations in this state and to determine whether the technical 4
college district board of the technical college district in which an identified business 5
is or will be located is able to provide the needed workforce training at no cost to the 6
business for a specified period.
If the corporation determines that the technical college district board of the 8
technical college district in which a business identified under sub. (1) is located is 9
able to provide the needed workforce training, as described under sub. (1), the 10
corporation shall enter into an agreement with the technical college district board 11
to repay a loan that is obtained by the technical college district board under s. 38.14 12
(15). The corporation may make payments under an agreement entered into under 13
this subsection from the appropriations under s. 20.192 (1) (a), (k), and (r).