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March 8, 2017
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Governor Walker Attends Governor's Council on Workforce Investment 2017 First Quarter Meeting

Madison – Governor Scott Walker met with members of the Governor’s Council on Workforce Investment (CWI) today to discuss workforce development in Wisconsin, including items in the governor’s 2017-2019 budget proposal.

"More people were employed last year in Wisconsin than at any point in our state’s history," Governor Walker said. "There’s still a lot of work to be done, however, and we won’t stop until everyone who wants a job can find a job. One of the best ways we can accomplish this goal is by equipping our citizens with the practical skills they need to succeed in high-demand jobs. Our budget proposal invests in programs that provide our students with the hands-on skills necessary to thrive in their career of choice."

CWI advises Governor Walker and the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) on the allocation of federal workforce development funding. The Council approves the annual Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act plan required of all states in coordination with Wisconsin’s 11 independent workforce development boards. CWI also aids Wisconsin employers in finding the workers they need and provide resources to enable workers to access training for in-demand careers with the ultimate goal of moving Wisconsin’s economy forward.

Governor Walker’s 2017-2019 budget proposal increases funding for Wisconsin’s primary workforce development program, Wisconsin Fast Forward, by $12.6 million over the biennium. This represents a 47 percent increase and includes a number of additional initiatives supporting workforce development in Wisconsin, including: