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Governor Walker outlines investment in workforce

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Monday, Governor Scott Walker stopped in Eau Claire to outline his new plan to invest close to $100 million in the state's workforce.      

The money is coming from the general purpose revenue fund and includes a long list of goals the governor hopes to achieve.

"Create jobs, develop the workforce, transform education, reform government and invest in our infrastructure," says Governor Walker.

Those are the five priorities Governor Walker bases his new budget upon and he's pledging almost $100 million to programs like real time labor tracking.

"Creating a new Labor Management Information System so that we can get more real time collection of that data and then apply that to making decisions about where to put not just technical colleges, but where to put additional state resources in," says the governor.

One resource the proposal targets is rural healthcare.

"One of the single most challenging objectives for rural hospitals is to recruit and retain well qualified physicians," says Vice President of Operations for the Northwest Region of Mayo Clinic Health System, Steve Lindberg.

"If we train them here and then we plug them into residency programs here, they're going to stay here," says the governor.

Even in Eau Claire hospitals acknowledge the need for new doctors.

"So if we can continue to retain those individuals, again with those incentives, that increases the pool of candidates that we can be recruiting from," says Lindberg.

Other incentives the governor promotes include allocating funding to technical colleges through a performance-based program beginning in 2014.

"Our goal is to make sure that in the areas where we're putting our greatest investments, those are areas where not only do employers have need, but where people coming out of that technical school program have a much higher and much advanced probability of finding work," says Governor Walker.

One part of the governors plan to give workers the skills they need to fill more jobs in Wisconsin.

If Governor Walker's budget is approved $20 million of the total investment would be immediately used to create the labor management information system to track real time job data.         

He also says the state has a $419 million surplus this fiscal year and is projected to have strong revenue growth.

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