WMC Director of Workforce, Education & Employment Policy Rachel Ver Velde submitted written testimony in support of Assembly Bill 940. In the 2021-23 Wisconsin State Budget, the legislature invested $3 million into talent attraction and retention initiatives. However, WEDC and the Evers Administration refuse to utilize those funds. Assembly Bill 940 would direct the WEDC secretary to submit to the Joint Committee on Finance a detailed plan explaining WEDC’s utilization of the money appropriated to them for talent attraction and retention initiatives.
This legislation would provide accountability and encouragement to WEDC to implement a comprehensive, state-level talent attraction and retention program that Wisconsin desperately needs amidst the workforce shortage crisis.