Evers vetoes Workforce and Education Fairness Act, signs bill for clear ports and clean beaches

Governor Tony Evers approved one bill and vetoed another on Friday that was co-authored by Andre Jacque. 


A billed co-authored by State Senator Andre Jacque designed to extend tax deductions to postsecondary tuition to apprenticeship instruction has been vetoed by Governor Tony Evers.  In a statement issued Friday, Jacque says The Workforce and Education Fairness Act would have “leveled the educational playing field by addressing a significant financial barrier to these rewarding skilled trade careers.” 


All tuition for schooling programs that are approved by the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) qualifies as tax-deductible, but apprenticeship programs are not included.


Another bill that reforms DNR regulatory legislation by promoting the clearing of Great Lakes ports and supply chains, and encouraging to clean and restore beaches in the state was signed into law by Gov. Evers.  It will allow the reuse of clean sand removed from the Great Lakes.  Senate Bill 93 and Assembly Bill 99 will facilitate disposal of dredging material from Lake Michigan and Lake Superior and have the DNR exempt facilities from various solid waste.  The law will also require the DNR to hold a public hearing in the county where a facility is located before approving a request to accept dredged materials that contain PCBs or heavy metals.


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