Rep. Edming: Growing the Workforce in Rural Wisconsin

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 | Wis. Rep. James Edming, District 87 |

Recently, some of my colleagues from the Rural Wisconsin Initiative (RWI) brought forward a package of bills that would promote and bolster the workforce in rural Wisconsin. I am proud to be a co-sponsor of this package.

The package includes bills that would do the following:

  • Create rural opportunity zones, which incentivize young people from out-of-state to relocate to rural Wisconsin
  • Allow students to earn high school credit for attending an apprenticeship program
  • Enable school districts to exceed revenue caps to make investments in capital infrastructure used in technical education (such as welding machines)
  • Establish a tax deduction for apprenticeship tuition expenses

I support these proposals because they will help attract some great new talent to rural areas, while also helping the young people already there develop the skills they need to meet the workforce needs in rural Wisconsin. The bills are currently circulating for additional co-sponsors and I hope to see them introduced soon.

For more information about the RWI, visit

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