2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
October 29, 2015 - Introduced by Senators Harris Dodd, Carpenter, Lassa,
Ringhand and L. Taylor, cosponsored by Representatives Riemer, Barnes,
Johnson, Goyke, Berceau, Mason, Sinicki, Subeck, Zamarripa, Pope,
Spreitzer, Bowen, Wachs and Ohnstad. Referred to Committee on Health and
1An Act to amend
49.163 (2) (am) 2.; and
20.437 (2) (dm) and 49.163 2
(2) (d) of the statutes; relating to: providing additional funding for the
3Transform Milwaukee Jobs program and the Transitional Jobs program and
4making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill provides general purpose revenue funding to expand the Transform
Milwaukee Jobs program and the Transitional Jobs program.
Under current law, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) must
establish a Transform Milwaukee Jobs program in Milwaukee County and may, if
funding is available, establish a Transitional Jobs program in one or more geographic
areas of the state that are not in Milwaukee County, to the extent of available funds.
Funding for the programs comes chiefly from the federal Temporary Assistance for
Needy Families (TANF) block grant.
Under the programs, DCF pays to an employer, or a person with which DCF
contracts to administer the programs (contractor), that employs a program
participant a wage subsidy for up to 40 hours per week at minimum wage and may
reimburse an employer or contractor for certain taxes, unemployment insurance
contributions or taxes, and worker's compensation insurance premiums that are
attributable to employment of the participant. To be eligible to participate in a
program, an individual must be at least 18 years old, and, if over 24 years old, must
be the parent or primary relative caregiver of a child under the age of 18; must have
household income below 150 percent of the poverty line; must be unemployed for at
least four weeks; must be ineligible to receive unemployment insurance benefits; and
may not be participating in a Wisconsin Works employment position. An individual
may participate in the program for a maximum of 1,040 hours, which is equivalent
to 26 40-hour weeks.
This bill appropriates $9,000,000 of general purpose revenue (GPR) in fiscal
year 2015-16 and $8,000,000 of GPR in fiscal year 2016-17 to expand the Transform
Milwaukee Jobs program and the Transitional Jobs program. Under the bill, 60
percent of the funding from this GPR appropriation is allocated to the Transform
Milwaukee Jobs program and 40 percent is allocated to the Transitional Jobs
program. In order to participate in the expansion of either program funded by this
GPR appropriation, an individual does not have to satisfy the criterion that, if over
24 years old, he or she must be the parent or primary relative caregiver of a child
under the age of 18.
For further information see the state 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:
20.005 (3) (schedule) of the statutes: at the appropriate place, insert 2
the following amounts for the purposes indicated:
- See PDF for table
20.437 (2) (dm) of the statutes is created to read:
(dm) Transform Milwaukee and Transitional Jobs programs. 5
Biennially, 60 percent of the amounts in the schedule to expand the Transform 6
Milwaukee Jobs program under s. 49.163 and 40 percent of the amounts in the 7
schedule to expand the Transitional Jobs program under s. 49.163.
49.163 (2) (am) 2. of the statutes is amended to read:
(am) 2. If Except as provided in par. (d), if
over 24 years of age, be 2
a biological or adoptive parent of a child under 18 years of age whose parental rights 3
to the child have not been terminated or be a relative and primary caregiver of a child 4
under 18 years of age.
49.163 (2) (d) of the statutes is created to read:
(d) For purposes of participating in the expansion of the Transform 7
Milwaukee Jobs program that is funded from the appropriation under s. 20.437 (2) 8
(dm) or the expansion of the Transitional Jobs program that is funded from the 9
appropriation under s. 20.437 (2) (dm), an individual does not have to satisfy the 10
criterion under par. (am) 2.