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JFC approves funds to train workers, create job opening tracking system


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A state panel has agreed to budget $15 million to train employees over the next two years.

The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee also voted Monday to spend another $5 million to create a new and improved computer system to keep track of open jobs, and match people to fill them.

Four new state employees will be hired to develop the system.

Senate Republican Joe Leibham of Sheboygan said it will help state officials more quickly identify job shortages, so workers can be trained appropriately.

But Assembly Democrat Cory Mason of Racine questioned the need for the computer system, saying the $5 million should be added to the training funds instead.