Saturday, March 23rd

MADISON – The state’s largest business lobbying group is recommending a wide-ranging strategy to boost Wisconsin’s economy and draw more workers here.

A report being released Friday by the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce Foundation shows the group is taking a mostly pragmatic approach at a time of divided government. Its recommendations include expanding youth apprenticeship programs and making transportation and housing more widely available so lower-income workers have a shot at getting better jobs.

But some of the group’s ideas could have trouble gaining traction. For instance, it wants taxpayers to continue to fund ads in other states to attract workers to Wisconsin. That program drew opposition from Democrats when it was started last year when Republican Scott Walker was governor.

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