2011-2012 Joint Resolution 132 recognizing career and technical student organizations
Whereas, career and technical student organizations (CTSO's) are a vital part of Wisconsin's rich public education tradition; and
Whereas, there are many participating CTSO's in Wisconsin, including the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), DECA, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), Wisconsin Future Farmers of America (FFA), and the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA); and
Whereas, over 40,000 students and 800 chapters have participated in CTSO's in a single year; and
Whereas, these programs help to develop the future business and civil leadership of Wisconsin through community service and competitive activities; and
Whereas, involvement in CTSO's promotes academic and civic engagement,self-efficacy, and employment skills in participating members; and
Whereas, CTSO's provide invaluable resources and time to charities statewide, including raising over $80,000 in support and donating over 15,000 hours in volunteer efforts; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That the legislature applauds and encourages leaders to support the efforts of career and technical student organizations in developing the future leaders of Wisconsin; and, be it further
Resolved, That the assembly chief clerk shall provide a copy of this joint resolution to participating career and technical student organizations.
2011-2012 Senate Bill 236 grants to technical college districts to reduce unemployment creating new individual income tax upper bracket ....
This bill directs the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Board to award grants to technical college districts for programs that assist in reducing unemployment. To be eligible for a grant, a technical college district must meet certain eligibility criteria relating to the unemployment rate of areas within the district or recent increases in the unemployment rate of areas within the district. Grants are available for three specified purposes:
1. To recruit, enroll, instruct, provide support services to, and pay the tuition and fees of dislocated workers who enroll in the district. A dislocated worker is a person who has been laid off or terminated from employment and meets certain additional criteria; a person who was self-employed but is currently unemployed as a result of economic conditions or natural disasters; or a displaced homemaker.
2. To recruit, enroll, instruct, and provide support services to adults who enroll in the district in a program leading to a certificate of general educational development (commonly referred to as a GED) or a high school equivalency diploma.
3. To expand existing capacity or create capacity in district programs for which there are student waiting lists or that address projected workforce needs in the district.
The bill authorizes the WTCS Board to modify the grant eligibility criteria and the purposes for which grants may be awarded in order to ensure the eligibility of district boards for grants awarded by the federal government for programs that improve completion rates and train workers for skilled occupations.
The bill directs the WTCS Board to give preference in awarding grants to programs that serve persons who reside in areas with the highest unemployment rates. The board must also submit annual reports to the governor and to the legislature regarding the programs that have been awarded grants.
Under current law, there are five income tax brackets for single individuals, certain fiduciaries, heads of households, and married persons. The brackets are indexed for inflation. The rate of taxation under current law for the lowest bracket for single individuals, certain fiduciaries, heads of households, and married persons is 4.6 percent of taxable income; the rate for the second bracket is 6.15 percent; the rate for the third bracket is 6.5 percent; the rate for the fourth bracket is 6.75 percent; and the rate for the highest bracket, which was created in the 2009-11 biennial budget act, 2009 Wisconsin Act 28, is 7.75 percent.
For taxable year 2011, the highest bracket applies to taxable income exceeding $224,210 for single individuals, certain fiduciaries, and heads of households. For married persons, the highest current bracket applies to taxable income exceeding $298,940 for joint filers and $149,470 for separate filers.
For taxable year 2012 and thereafter, this bill creates a sixth bracket with a taxation rate of 8.75 percent. For single individuals, certain fiduciaries, and heads of households, this bracket applies to taxable income exceeding $1,000,000. For married persons, this bracket applies to taxable income exceeding $1,000,000 for joint filers and $500,000 for separate filers. This bracket is indexed for inflation. For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be printed as an appendix to this bill.
2011-2012 Assembly Joint Resolution 46 funding in bills placing requirements on local governmental units
This constitutional amendment, proposed to the 2011 legislature on first consideration, prohibits the legislature from passing any bill that places a requirement on a local governmental unit unless the bill contains an appropriation that reimburses the local governmental unit for the full cost of complying with the requirement. The amendment does not prohibit the governor from vetoing an appropriation contained in a bill that creates such a requirement. A proposed constitutional amendment requires adoption by two successive legislatures, and ratification by the people, before it can become effective.
2011-2012 Senate Bill 132 exempting certain capital expenditures made by a technical college district from the requirement for a referendum
Under current law, if a technical college district board intends to make a capital expenditure in excess of $1,500,000 for the purchase or construction of buildings or for the lease/purchase of buildings (if costs exceed $1,500,000 for the lifetime of the lease), it must adopt a resolution stating its intention and submit the resolution to the electors of the district for approval.
This bill provides that in determining whether this referendum requirement applies to a capital expenditure partially funded with student housing payments for the purchase or construction, or the lease/purchase, of a student residence facility, that portion of the capital expenditure consisting of student housing payments is subtracted. For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be printed as an appendix to this bill.
2011-2012 Assembly Bill 575 directing the WEDC to develop a workforce training program and authorizing a technical college district board to obtain a state trust fund loan to provide workforce training
This bill directs the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) to develop and implement a program to identify businesses that require workforce training in order to begin or expand operations in this state. WEDC must also determine whether the district board of the technical college district in which an identified business is or will be located is able to provide the needed workforce training at no cost to the business for a specified period. The bill authorizes a technical college district board to obtain a state trust fund loan for the purpose of providing the workforce training described above and authorizes WEDC to repay the loan on behalf of the technical college district. The training may occur at a district facility or at the business. For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be printed as an appendix to this bill.
- 2011-2012 Assembly Bill 431 grants to technical college district boards under the Workforce Advancement Training Program
- 2011-2012 Assembly Bill 398 workforce growth grants to technical college and districts and making an appropriation
- 2011-2012 Assembly Bill 353 membership of technical college district boards
- 2011-2012 Assembly Bill 340 credit cards issued to underage customers, higher education institution and the marketing of credit cards, financial literacy requirements for higher education students, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures...