MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker says a package of economic development bills the Legislature will take up in coming weeks will go "an awful long way" to helping him fulfill his 2010 campaign promise to create 250,000 jobs by 2015.
Walker and Republican legislative leaders have unveiled eight economic development bills they say will be priorities for the Legislature to pass yet this year. The measures cost the state $8.5 million through mid-2015.
The proposals include creating a program to help low-income people in areas with high unemployment find work and increasing spending on apprenticeship programs. Another would invest $4 million on vocational rehabilitation services for people with disabilities.
Democratic Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca dismisses the proposals as insignificant and says they won't put a lot of people back to work.