For the City Times
Bills related to relieving hunger and increasing workforce opportunities pass State Assembly
MADISON — On Feb. 20, State Representative Scott Krug (R-Rome) saw two bills he authored pass the Wisconsin State Assembly.
The “Harvest for Hope” Bill brings together farmers, food banks, and nonprofits in an effort to fight hunger in Wisconsin. Often when farmers harvest their crops, they have a surplus that is not economically sensible for them to harvest, and these crops get left in the fields to decompose. This bill, however, will maximize funds available to assist farmers harvest their excess crops and give more to their local food banks. Not only will food banks be receiving more, but the food they are given will be nutritious, and locally grown. Often, the unhealthiest food is the cheapest, however this bill will provide low income families with easier access to healthy options.
“I see it too often, when farmers have met their contractual arrangements the unused produce is left to rot. I am excited to get that produce out of the field and into food pantries across the state to feed those who need it the most.” Said Krug. “Wisconsin is a grand agriculture state leading the nation in many types of crops, and I can’t think of a better way to utilize it.”
Also taken up by the Assembly was AB 124, the “Second Start” bill. This bill states that the Department of Workforce Development will provide a packet with available training and employment opportunities to students in the UW system who were enrolled in school their previous semester, but did not enroll in their next semester. Students leave school early for a variety of reasons. AB 124 is an investment in our student’s success regardless of the reason they leave the UW system to ensure that they are able to find employment opportunities. Most jobs do not require a college degree, and we want to make sure that a variety of these job options, regional and local, are presented to students. Packets would be mailed out within the first two months of the beginning of the semester, so that recent students are provided with extra opportunities as soon as possible.
“I understand that college at a four year university isn’t for everyone. That’s why I think it’s so important to inform those who choose not to return of the many alternative options in their area.” Said Krug. These bills really embody my goals this session of doing my best to help Wisconsin Families by making sure they have a positive employment and financial future.”