State program to help jobless back to work likely coming to Racine

2013-12-18T16:04:00Z 2013-12-19T19:14:27Z State program to help jobless back to work likely coming to RacineMICHAEL BURKE Journal Times

RACINE — A new law could get jobless people in Racine and other high-unemployment areas working by rewarding those who employ them.

Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday signed into law Senate Bill 333, the Transitional Jobs Program, in a ceremony at Burlington Graphic Systems, 2600 Chicory Road. The law provides subsidies to employers for hiring unemployed people in impoverished households.

Co-authored by state Rep. Tom Weatherston, R-Caledonia, the Transitional Jobs Program expands the Transform Milwaukee jobs program to other state areas with high unemployment and poverty.

The new program will likely be available in Racine, among other state locations, Weatherston stated.

Walker said the bill passed both houses with “overwhelming bipartisan support” and called it “a little bit more incentive for an employer to take that chance” of hiring the unemployed and perhaps unskilled.

The Transitional Jobs Program and Transform Milwaukee Jobs program will operate under the same rules and eligibility requirements, Weatherston stated.

“The unemployed will now have a better chance to get back into the workforce by signing up for the Transitional Jobs Program,” he said. “The program offers a hand up to those looking to find a job, not a handout.”

According to the state Department of Children and Families website, the $34 million Transitional Jobs Demonstration Project was created in the 2009-11 biennial budget act with federal stimulus funds. It ended June 30.

The state continued the program for Milwaukee, and the newly signed bill now extends its reach statewide.

Weatherston said the Department of Children and Families has various funding sources but also expects that by putting people to work and getting them off welfare, there will be some transference of money already in the state budget.

About 4,000 people were hired in Milwaukee’s program and about 3,000 remained employed beyond the subsidized period, Weatherston said.

“Remember your first job interview ... and they asked, ‘What kind of experience do you have?’ ” he said. “Well, this is just to get you over that first hurdle.”


The Transitional Jobs Program will allow reimbursement to employers for up to six months of wages for new hires, according to state Rep. Tom Weatherston, R-Caledonia, the bill’s co-author.

Applicants must be ages 18-24, unemployed and living in a household below poverty level. The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families will set the reimbursement amount, but it will be at least minimum wage, Weatherston said.

The bill’s other author was state Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills.

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  1. ggodmuls
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    ggodmuls - December 19, 2013 8:48 am
    Why don't you expand the scope of your view - International...

    Italy’s president fears violent insurrection in 2014 but offers no remedy

    Events in Italy are turning serious. President Giorgio Napolitano has warned of “widespread social tension and unrest” in 2014 as the Long Slump drags on.
    Those living on the margins are being drawn into “indiscriminate and violent protest, a sterile lurch towards total opposition”. His latest speech is a veritable Jeremiad. Thousands of companies are on the “brink of collapse”. Great masses of the working people are on the dole or at risk of losing their jobs. Very high rates of youth unemployment (41pc) are leading to dangerous alienation.

    Protesters in several Italian cities have clashed with police amid anti-austerity protests which have lasted for almost one week. The so-called “Pitchfork” protesters are marching against cuts and calling for the government to resign.

    Demonstrators hit Rome, Venice, and Turin on Saturday. Students threw paint bombs at police in Turin, which has been the epicenter of the protests. The city has seen the largest number of clashes with law enforcement, with officers using tear gas to disperse demonstrators who hurled stones.

    Turin protesters also blocked rail traffic and stopped trains at the city’s main stations. Truckers - protesting high taxes and fuel prices - and students brought traffic to a virtual standstill earlier this week. Activists pitched tents on a bridge across a river bordering France, near the town of Ventimiglia, forcing police to step in. City authorities ordered reinforcement from security forces.
  2. DoubleBassFace
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    DoubleBassFace - December 19, 2013 8:30 am
    This is great news for people ages 25-65!! SMH? What a joke. Your headline should be adjusted accordingly, it's very misleading.
  3. sportnut
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    sportnut - December 19, 2013 8:14 am
    Our "pig" governor has absolutely no idea what he is signing!!! The Koch boys told him to sign it so he is!!!

    This guy has reached the point he no longer knows what is good for Wisconsin and what is bad. He only knows to bow down to the T bags and the Koch boys. What a slim ball !!!
  4. layedback
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    layedback - December 19, 2013 7:58 am
    All this while Kenosha gets Amazon and we sit and watch. Too bad for those over 24 who have lost their jobs...that is about the age a young adult who is in the service mid management positions making 12-16 dollars an hour wakes up and realizes he/she is stuck there and not going anywhere anyway...
  5. jtreader
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    jtreader - December 19, 2013 6:56 am
    Time for a law requiring employers to hire qualified workers regardless of age and mandate they give health insurance.
  6. jtreader
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    jtreader - December 19, 2013 6:56 am
    Time for a law requiring employers to hire qualifies workers regardless of age and mandate they give health insurance.
  7. speaking frankly
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    speaking frankly - December 18, 2013 8:12 pm
    I second the motion! Many employers are eliminating older workers with higher wages and replacing them with younger one who they can pay less and now they no longer have to give them Health Insurance.
  8. ggodmuls
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    ggodmuls - December 18, 2013 7:15 pm
    It's desperation time folks - the Elites are getting concerned that young military-age people who are in good health - and unemployed might decide that the current regime in power isn't in their best interest. (and they might be right)

    Plus - gotta keep the fiat clownbux $$$ flowing. As I have previously advocated - giving every person over 18 an allotment to spend every month - use it or lose it - then reload it - digital money - is going to be necessary to keep the economy from completely collapsing. Everybody must consume - to keep the Ponzi going. Don't hate those on welfare - embrace them - because they spend - which keeps the tax revenue stream flowing and the merchants in business.

    Fuel - gotta have fuel to burn. Amerika was designed for $20/bbl oil. That stuff is almost all gone. Now we're in a race against geology to keep the flow of crude up while battling EROEI, depletion rates, and collapsing credit. Enjoy the party today, cry tomorrow. No fuel.

    The Banksters are scared.

    Make no mistake; if the banks fail in the US and money becomes unavailable as it was in Argentina in early 2000s, there will be disturbances in this country. Americans have put their entire faith in money, it has been elevated in the place of family- and community: this is the big difference between USA in 2013 and USA in 1933. Take away the money flows — even for a little while — and there are instantly very serious problems … panic, breakdown of money-dependent processes leading to shortages of critical goods, loss of confidence, public rage and sense of ‘nothing to lose’.

    There would be tremendous backlash against the bankers. It’s one thing for the bankers to steal from the middle class stealthily as they have been doing since 1980, but stealing at once in broad daylight would be too much to bear.

    The WHO: Wont Get Fooled Again

    Just remember - paper money burns - and can keep you warm - or clean ya' up. But it's still all FIAT and an illusion. Real Money is Gold, Silver, Land. AND OIL. Crude Oil to be exact. The FED can print money - but they can't print Crude.
  9. wat'sReal
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    wat'sReal - December 18, 2013 6:19 pm
    They're always giving funds to the ones who don't even need it!!! The rich stay richer, because they only care about they rich!!!
  10. kevinsmom68
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    kevinsmom68 - December 18, 2013 5:52 pm
    this program doesnt sound so hot
  11. jtreader
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    jtreader - December 18, 2013 5:31 pm
    Yup I will second that. An older worker will appreciate a job more.
  12. Barbarbarb1
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    Barbarbarb1 - December 18, 2013 5:20 pm
    Applicants must be 18-24? What about the rest of us that are unemployed, can't find a job and aren't young? Don't we deserve help? Apparently not. To heck with us apparently. Yet another reason for me to get out of this town and state.
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