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Gov. Walker to Introduce Budget Legislation in Rhinelander MondaySubmitted: 02/10/2013
Story By Associated Press

MADISON - Governor Scott Walker says he wants to invest nearly $100 million to develop the state's work force, and give workers skills to find jobs.

Walker's plan would include money to build a faster system to track jobs data and it would tie funding for technical schools and universities to filling high-demand jobs.

The sweeping proposals are part of the Governor's 2013-2015 budget to be announced February 20th.

Some proposals are being introduced as legislation Monday. He'll do that with a trip to Rhinelander, which we'll be at, and have the details for you tomorrow night.



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