MADISON, WI -- Three workforce-related bills passed the Wisconsin Assembly's Workforce Development Committee today. The committee action comes just a few days after eleven ABC members testified in favor of the bills, intended to address the construction skills gap.  

 
 Jack Vogel, Hill's Wiring, testifies in favor of the bills on January 9.
The three measures passed onto the full Assembly are:

AB 124: Allows apprenticeship programs and other technical training opportunities to be marketed to students who drop out of the UW system.

AB 734Treats apprenticeship tuition the same way as college tuition for income tax deduction purposes.

AB 745Allows high school seniors to start in the adult apprenticeship program, thereby allowing them to complete the program sooner.

“On behalf of our more than 870 construction employer members in Wisconsin, I would like to thank Chairman Petryk and the Committee members who supported Rep. Krug’s AB 124, Rep. Stafsholt’s AB 734 and Rep. Quinn’s AB 745," said John Mielke, president of ABC of Wisconsin.  "These very sensible initiatives will help address the skills gap and provide more access for Wisconsinites interested in highly-skilled, family-sustaining construction careers.”