Sen. Baldwin Announces GREEN Act To Train Workers for Green Collar Jobs

By: Elizabeth Schilder Email
By: Elizabeth Schilder Email
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Senator Tammy Baldwin is back in Wisconsin introducing her new legislation aimed at job training and workforce readiness for high skilled jobs in clean energy.

The GREEN Act focuses on encouraging students to explore jobs in clean energy and get them and their schools involved in clean energy projects on campus with the help of competitive grants.

During a tour at Mid-State Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids Thursday, Sen. Baldwin told reporters Wisconsin lags behind other states in its clean energy initiatives. Sen. Baldwin believes these industries will continue to grow. Currently, she says green collar jobs are being created at almost twice the rate of jobs in the private sector and pay more. That's why she would like to see policies at both a federal and state level encourage the growth of renewable energy.

"We're an industrial state. We're a manufacturing state. We make things here which is really, really important," Sen. Baldwin explains. "I think the opportunities created by green collar jobs is that, a lot of that is manufacturing."

Sen. Baldwin says Wisconsin needs policies which give incentive to utility companies to invest in alternative fuels. She adds she believes it will lead to a stronger state both economically and environmentally.

While she was in town, she also reacted to Gov. Scott Walker's State of the State speech saying while she didn't see the speech due to travel she certainly heard the headlines.

"Let me just leave it at this, I think our highest priority has to be getting our economy back on track, getting people back to work, fulfilling our recovery from a very deep recession." She says.

Sen. Baldwin went on to say she will measure the success of the fiscal policies Gov. Walker is proposing by how well they accomplish that goal, getting Wisconsinites back to work and rebuilding the State's economy.

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