Democrats say Walker's tech college bill needs clarity

CREATED Feb 6, 2014

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MADISON -- Democrats say Gov. Scott Walker's plan to spend $35 million on worker training programs needs to specify exactly who will get the money rather than leaving it to the discretion of Walker's administration.
 
The Assembly's Workforce Development Committee passed the bill on a bipartisan 11-3 vote Thursday, clearing the way for the full Assembly to take it up on Tuesday.
 
Democratic critics say they hope the Legislature's budget committee will make changes to specify how the money will be spent.
 
The bill gives $35 million to the Department of Workforce Development to spend on eliminating technical college waiting lists for high-demand fields, help high school students get trained for high-demand jobs through dual enrollment programs, and support programs that help people with disabilities find work