Welcome to a new budget season, Wisconsin technical college supporters!
Governor Evers announced his 2019-21 Biennial State Budget proposal at the Capitol on February 28. As always, the arrival of the bill with the Legislature is only the beginning of our budget process, and we will spend a great deal of time advocating on behalf of the colleges over the next several months. I encourage each of you to contact your Assembly Representative and State Senator encourage them to support technical colleges during the budget process.
The District Boards Association thanks Governor Evers for investing with confidence in the 16 colleges of the Wisconsin Technical College System.
We also look forward to serious policy discussions with legislators in the coming months on the merits of other proposals, including a number of changes to how technical colleges are permitted to provide dual enrollment opportunities. We are just beginning to analyze the 1,000-page budget bill, and will share additional details of provisions impacting technical colleges as they become clear.
Please note that, in addition to the massive budget legislation, a number of stand-alone bills of interest to technical colleges are also being considered by the Legislature. On Wednesday, March 6, the Assembly Committee on Workforce Development will hold a public hearing on several bills, including:
Click the links provided to read more about each bill. The District Boards Association will testify in favor of AB-36, which would provide grants to assist technical college apprenticeship students with purchase of the clothing, equipment, and tools necessary to complete their apprenticeships. We thank the co-authors of the bill for their continued support. WTCS currently serves nearly 7,000 apprentices each year through classroom instruction and support, and WTCS apprentices report average starting wages of $77,000 upon completion of their programs.
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