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Democratic state lawmakers unveil job creation measures


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Minority Democrats in the state Legislature unveiled a package of job creation measures Thursday.

Leaders said Republicans and Governor Scott Walker should support them, because they’ve endorsed some of the same ideas in the past.

The Democratic package includes competitive training grants to close the “skills gap” – the gap between thousands of vacant production jobs and the lack of trained people to fill those jobs.

Democrats also want refundable tax credits for early-stage investments in new high-tech businesses – and making state-and-local governments give preference to American-made products when buying materials.

The GOP had no immediate comment on the measures.

Democrats have a three-vote minority in the Senate and a 20-vote minority in the Assembly, so they need Republican support to pass any of their ideas.