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2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
July 7, 2015 - Offered by Senators Lassa, Hansen, Wirch, L. Taylor, Ringhand,
Bewley, Harris Dodd, Vinehout, Miller, Erpenbach, Risser and Shilling.
SB21-SSA1-SA9,1,11 At the locations indicated, amend the substitute amendment as follows:
SB21-SSA1-SA9,1,2 21. At the appropriate places, insert all of the following:
SB21-SSA1-SA9,1,4 3" Section 1. 20.005 (3) (schedule) of the statutes: at the appropriate place,
4insert the following amounts for the purposes indicated: - See PDF for table PDF
SB21-SSA1-SA9,2 1Section 2. 20.292 (1) (aj) of the statutes is created to read:
SB21-SSA1-SA9,2,32 20.292 (1) (aj) Workforce growth program. The amounts in the schedule for
3grants to technical college district boards under s. 38.39.
SB21-SSA1-SA9,3 4Section 3. 20.292 (1) (fd) of the statutes is created to read:
SB21-SSA1-SA9,2,75 20.292 (1) (fd) Dual enrollment opportunity grants. The amounts in the
6schedule for grants to technical college district boards under s. 38.04 (33). No moneys
7may be encumbered under this paragraph after June 30, 2017.
SB21-SSA1-SA9,4 8Section 4. 20.292 (1) (fh) of the statutes is created to read:
SB21-SSA1-SA9,2,109 20.292 (1) (fh) Innovation grants. The amounts in the schedule for grants to
10technical college faculty, staff, and students under s. 38.04 (34).
SB21-SSA1-SA9,5 11Section 5. 20.292 (1) (fj) of the statutes is created to read:
SB21-SSA1-SA9,2,1412 20.292 (1) (fj) Veterans success grants. The amounts in the schedule for grants
13to technical college district boards under s. 38.04 (35). No moneys may be
14encumbered under this paragraph after June 30, 2019.
SB21-SSA1-SA9,6 15Section 6. 38.04 (33) of the statutes is created to read:
SB21-SSA1-SA9,2,1716 38.04 (33) Dual enrollment opportunity grants. (a) In this subsection, "dual
17enrollment programs" has the meaning given in s. 38.28 (1m) (am).
SB21-SSA1-SA9,2,2118 (b) From the appropriation under s. 20.292 (1) (fd), the board shall award
19grants to district boards to expand dual enrollment programs or create new dual
20enrollment programs. No grant may be awarded under this paragraph after June
2130, 2017.
1Section 7. 38.04 (34) of the statutes is created to read:
SB21-SSA1-SA9,3,52 38.04 (34) Innovation grants. From the appropriation under s. 20.292 (1) (fh),
3the board shall award grants to technical college faculty, staff, and students to assist
4such persons in commercializing and bringing to market innovative technology,
5products, and processes developed at technical colleges.
SB21-SSA1-SA9,8 6Section 8. 38.04 (35) of the statutes is created to read:
SB21-SSA1-SA9,3,87 38.04 (35) Veterans success grants. (a) In this subsection, "veteran" has the
8meaning given in s. 38.24 (8) (a) 1r.
SB21-SSA1-SA9,3,129 (b) From the appropriation under s. 20.292 (1) (fj), the board shall award grants
10to district boards to expand existing efforts and implement additional strategies to
11assist veterans in a successful transition to college and careers. No grants may be
12awarded under this subsection after June 30, 2019.
SB21-SSA1-SA9,9 13Section 9. 38.28 (1m) (a) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
SB21-SSA1-SA9,3,2214 38.28 (1m) (a) 1. "District aidable cost" means the annual cost of operating a
15technical college district, including debt service charges for district bonds and
16promissory notes for building programs or capital equipment, but excluding all
17expenditures relating to auxiliary enterprises and community service programs, all
18expenditures funded by or reimbursed with federal revenues, all receipts under ss.
1938.04 (33), (34), and (35), 38.12 (9), 38.14 (3) and (9), 38.39, 118.15 (2) (a), and 118.55
20(7r), all receipts from grants awarded under ss. 38.04 (8), (28), and (31), 38.14 (11),
2138.26, 38.27, 38.33, and 38.38, all fees collected under s. 38.24, and driver education
22and chauffeur training aids.
SB21-SSA1-SA9,10 23Section 10. 38.39 of the statutes is created to read:
SB21-SSA1-SA9,4,8 2438.39 Workforce growth program. (1) A district board may obtain grants
25under sub. (2) for the purpose of partnering with a business, consortium of

1businesses, local workforce investment board established under 29 USC 2832, or
2economic development organization that is located or provides service in the district,
3in a project to help meet local needs for supporting sectors of the economy with a
4documented skills gap or high workforce shortage, which could include
5manufacturing, energy, information technology, skilled trades, and health care. A
6project may provide for activities that address development of individuals prior to
7entering the workforce and workforce training, which could include one or more of
8the following:
SB21-SSA1-SA9,4,99 (a) Job training scholarships based on local labor market needs.
SB21-SSA1-SA9,4,1010 (b) Building or infrastructure construction.
SB21-SSA1-SA9,4,1111 (c) Equipment and material purchases.
SB21-SSA1-SA9,4,1212 (d) Faculty hiring.
SB21-SSA1-SA9,4,1413 (e) Development in partnership with industry of curricula, based on industry
14standards, that lead to certificates or degrees.
SB21-SSA1-SA9,4,1615 (f) Student career support services, including job placement and business
SB21-SSA1-SA9,4,22 17(2) From the appropriation under s. 20.292 (1) (aj), the board shall award
18grants to district boards that apply to the board to fund the costs of projects under
19sub. (1). The board shall consider the speed by which the activities specified in
20applications could meet training and employment needs and give a preference in
21awarding the grants to projects that seek to eliminate waiting lists for courses
22pertaining to jobs with high employment demand.
SB21-SSA1-SA9,11 23Section 11. 238.137 of the statutes is created to read:
SB21-SSA1-SA9,4,24 24238.137 Entrepreneurial assistance grants. (1) In this section:
1(a) "Institution of higher education" means an institution within the University
2of Wisconsin System, a technical college, or a private, nonprofit institution of higher
3education located in this state.
SB21-SSA1-SA9,5,64 (b) "New business" means a business organized in this state on a date not more
5than 60 months before the date on which the business applies for a grant under sub.
SB21-SSA1-SA9,5,13 7(2) The corporation may award to a new business a grant of up to $3,000 for
8expenses related to hiring a paid intern who will assist with research, marketing,
9business plan development, or other functions relating to the creation of a new
10business. A recipient may use the grant under this subsection only for hiring a
11student who is enrolled in an institution of higher education in the field of business,
12engineering, or information technology or in a similar field as determined by the
SB21-SSA1-SA9,5,22 14(3) If the corporation awards grants under sub. (2) to 3 or more businesses to
15fund internships for students enrolled in a single institution of higher education, and
16the institution of higher education develops a program to facilitate internships
17funded with grants under sub. (2), the corporation may award a grant of up to
18$25,000 to the institution of higher education for costs associated with hiring interns
19under sub. (2), including faculty or staff time and curriculum development. If the
20corporation lacks sufficient funds to award grants to all qualified applicants, the
21corporation shall allocate available funds to applicants that have the greatest
22potential to create jobs in this state.
SB21-SSA1-SA9,5,25 23(4) From the appropriations under s. 20.192 (1) (k) and (r), the corporation shall
24allocate at least $125,000 in each fiscal year to provide the grants under subs. (2) and
1(5) The corporation shall actively pursue gifts and grants from private sources
2for funding grants under subs. (2) and (3).
SB21-SSA1-SA9,6,5 3(6) Not later than February 1, 2019, the corporation shall submit to the
4legislature under s. 13.172 (2) a report evaluating the effectiveness of grants under
5subs. (2) and (3).".
SB21-SSA1-SA9,6,8 62. Page 94, line 5: increase the dollar amount for fiscal year 2015-16 by
7$200,000 and increase the dollar amount for fiscal year 2016-17 by $200,000 for the
8purpose for which the appropriation is made.
SB21-SSA1-SA9,6,9 93. Page 1227, line 8: after that line insert:
SB21-SSA1-SA9,6,10 10" Section 3979n. 238.14 of the statutes is created to read:
SB21-SSA1-SA9,6,18 11238.14 Entrepreneurial tax credit access grants. (1) The corporation
12shall establish and administer a program to make grants under this section. The
13corporation may award a grant under the program to a person who intends to use the
14grant to secure financing for making expenditures that would qualify for a credit
15under s. 71.07 (2dy) or (3g) (a) 2., 71.28 (1dy) or (3g) (a) 2., or 71.47 (1dy) or (3g) (a)
162., if the expenditures are made for a business located in this state that has fewer
17than 25 employees in this state or less than $5,000,000 in gross receipts for the
18taxable year in which the person applies for a grant under this section.
SB21-SSA1-SA9,7,3 19(2) Any person who wishes to receive a grant under this section shall complete
20and submit an application to the corporation and enter into an agreement with the
21corporation to use the grant to secure financing for making expenditures described
22under sub. (1) and to repay any or all of the grant proceeds to the corporation if the
23person fails to comply with the agreement. An agreement under this subsection may
24provide that repayment shall be obtained through full or partial repayment of the

1principal amount of the grant plus interest, through receipt of a share of future
2profits from or an interest in a product or process, or through any other appropriate
SB21-SSA1-SA9,7,9 4(3) (a) No person may receive a grant under this section unless the person has
5submitted business and financing plans to a commercial lending institution and
6submitted copies of the plans to the corporation. Before awarding a grant, the
7corporation shall verify that the lender has approved the person's plans and will
8underwrite a loan for expenditures described under sub. (1), contingent on the
9person receiving a grant under this section.
SB21-SSA1-SA9,7,1310 (b) The amount of any grant awarded under this section is the amount equal
11to 95 percent of the tax credit that the recipient could otherwise receive for making
12expenditures described under sub. (1), except that the amount of the grant may not
13exceed an amount equal to 20 percent of the cost of the project that is being financed.