A task force appointed to help participants in Wisconsin's welfare-to-work program find unsubsidized, private sector employment met Friday for the first time.
Gov. Doyle told the group that the transitional jobs program would aid the state's economy.
The governor included it in his budget proposal.
Doyle says the transitional jobs program would help participants in Wisconsin Works qualify for the earned income tax credit. That credit gives them an extra $4,000 a year to spend in Wisconsin.
Doyle told the task force that transition jobs must provide real work opportunities for W-2 participants. He also says they must not displace non W-2 workers with subsidized W-2 workers. He says the program also needs to address labor shortages in specific sectors of the state economy.