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WISCONSIN LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
BUILDING WISCONSIN'S WORKFORCE
Legislative Council Conference Room
March 30, 2009
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
[The following is a summary of the March 30, 2009 meeting of the Special Committee on Building
Wisconsin's Workforce. The file copy of this summary has appended to it a copy of each document
prepared for or submitted to the committee during the meeting. A digital recording of the meeting is
available on our Web site at http://www.legis.state.wi.us/lc.]
Call to Order and Roll Call
Chair Strachota called the meeting to order.
COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT: Reps. Pat Strachota, Chair, Mark Honadel, and Gordon Hintz; and
Public Members John Keckhaver, Peter Thillman, Carol Wagenson, and
COMMITTEE MEMBERS EXCUSED: Sens. Robert Wirch, Vice Chair, Alberta Darling, and Robert Jauch; and
Public Members Jim Golembeski, Mark Kessenich, and Steve Mercaitis.
COUNCIL STAFF PRESENT:
Scott Grosz and Jessica Karls, Staff Attorneys.
Roberta Gassman, Secretary, Department of Workforce Development
Approval of the Minutes of the Committee’s January 22, 2009 Meeting
Chair Strachota noted that due to a lack of a quorum, the minutes for the January 22, 2009
meeting could not be approved.
This was the final meeting of the Special Committee on Building Wisconsin's Workforce. Committee members
are requested to send any corrections regarding these Minutes to the Legislative Council staff. After the
incorporation of any corrections, these Minutes will be considered approved by the committee.
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Presentation by Invited Speaker
Secretary Roberta Gassman, DWD
Secretary Gassman updated the committee on the economy and workforce challenges and
provided an overview of the workforce initiatives in the federal American Recove