"Wisconsin Wins" designed to match unemployed with employers
MADISON (WAOW) - A program designed to help unemployed workers get back into the workforce gained momentum in our state capital.
The program is called "Wisconsin Wins" and the bill that would make it a reality is receiving bipartisan support in Madison.
It was co-sponsored by Democratic State Senator Julie Lassa of Stevens Point.
It's designed to give job seekers on-the-job training.
Those who receive unemployment would be eligible to train 20 to 24 hours a week for as many as six weeks.
They wouldn't be paid but they would still receive unemployment benefits.
Lassa says for the employer to be eligible, there must be a job opening for each participant.
State Senator Julie Lassa/(D) Stevens Point: "Really focus on giving unemployed workers access to potential openings with employers and getting training at that place of business so that potentially there would be a hire there."
Gov. Scott Walker/(R) Wisconsin: "You're going to see probably in the next month, all the items we asked for the Wisconsin working plan for the legislature. It should be acted on. And I would imagine, probably acted on with little or no opposition."
The "Wisconsin Wins" bill passed unanimously through the Assembly and Senate committees
Now it's on to both houses of the legislature.
The program is based on similar programs in Georgia and New Hampshire.