Budget, Jobs and June Dairy Pride Month!
Youth Apprenticeship Boo$t
The Budget Writing Committee has been working diligently to craft a state budget, moving agency by agency to complete the task.
During this last week, the committee invested in programs to help Wisconsin get back to business after the pandemic. Thankfully, our economy is thriving following a nearly year-long government-mandated shutdown, and there are many Wisconsin businesses that are looking to hire. The Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) allocated funding to Vocational Rehabilitation Services that assist disabled individuals obtain, maintain and improve employment opportunities. There are many businesses in Racine County, such as Careers Industries, that make use of this support to help empower those with disabilities become independent and live meaningful lives. As a state, we should focus on making sure everyone who wants a job has the resources to get one.
JFC also quadrupled Governor Evers’ proposed allocation to the Youth Apprenticeship Program that helps Wisconsin students begin family-sustaining careers. The RUSD Youth Apprenticeship program launched in 1994, and with the support of the Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce (RAMAC), now has over 200 students transferring knowledge and skills between school and real-life workplaces. In addition to the Youth Apprenticeship Program, the Youth Summer Jobs Program has the potential to be a driver for Wisconsin’s tourism economy. Many industries across the state, including hospitality and agriculture rely on seasonal employment, and it is high time that the rest of Wisconsin receive support, not just Milwaukee.
The work of the budget writing committee will continue for the coming weeks. You may be interested in personally reviewing the work they do by watching the committee on Wisconsin Eye at www.wiseye.org, and you may find their schedule and work at 2021 Joint Committee on Finance.
Federal Coronavirus Aid for School Districts Under Federal Coronavirus Aid Acts
The chart below shows federal aid amounts for K-12 school districts in the 62nd Assembly District, above and beyond state resources. The dollars below were allocated under all three federal coronavirus relief acts passed to date. This funding includes both the federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) fund and the Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) funds. Find the full Fiscal Bureau report here.
Jobs & Economy Committee
This week, the Assembly Committee Jobs and the Economy, which I chair, held an information hearing showcasing Beyond Vision, a non-profit organization working to provide meaningful employment opportunities for the visually impaired.
Earlier this year I visited their complex in the City of Milwaukee, and I learned about the many opportunities available to those who are visually impaired, as well as how valuable their talents are to employers across the state. People with disabilities are just like you and I, and they have overcome challenges far greater than anything I have ever experienced. I could not be more grateful to make their acquaintance, and it was an honor to have the employees and staff of Beyond Vision share their stories with the Assembly Committee on Jobs and the Economy.
Our speakers reiterated their appreciation for the opportunities Beyond Vision has presented, and emphasized that the ability to wake up every day and go to work has greatly enriched their lives.
Dairy Pride Month
June is Dairy Month! Did you know that the Wisconsin dairy industry generates $45.6 Billion each year for the state's economy?
Support our area farmers - Save the Date for Racine County's Breakfast on the Farm at the Racine County Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 26th! Purchase your "Breakfast in a Bag" before June 10th!