A "G.I. Jobs" bill will offer incentives for hiring returning veterans. Appleton Republican, Representative Steve Wieckert , says there's a problem that needs to be addressed. "The unemployment rate for our returning vets is twice as high as the average unemployment rate," says Wieckert.
His proposed bill would provide an $8,000 tax credit to employers who hire returning veterans, using the state's already existing development zone programs. Wieckert says veterans need good jobs -- not just talk.
Wieckert hopes to have the bill introduced soon after the start ofthe legislative floor session in January.
A major front page article about the GI Jobs bill, entitled “Helping Vets Gets Jobs-Returning war veterans are now in battle to find jobs-a proposed tax credit plan might help them” by staff reporter Jason Stein, appeared in the Tuesday, January 2, 2007 edition of The Wisconsin State Journal.
The Wisconsin State Journal story was picked up off the Associated Press wire on January 2-3, 2007 by :
A major front page article by Madison Bureau Chief Ben Jones entitled “State pushes benefits for vets- Proposal is called ‘most dramatic’ in 50 years nationwide,” about the GI Jobs bill appeared in the Sunday, January 7, 2007 edition of The Post-Crescent.
WFRV-TV, Green Bay- CBS 5 Anchor/Reporter Chelly Boutott interviewed Outagamie County Veterans Service Officer Andy Clark about the GI Jobs bill. The story aired on the January 2, 2007 5PM and 6 PM newscasts.
WEAU-TV, Eau Claire- NBC 13 Anchor/Reporter Allison Miller interviewed both Tim Moore, veterans unemployment coordinator with the Department of Workforce Development and Cliff Sorenson, Eau Claire Veterans Service Coordinator about Rep. Wieckert’s GI Jobs proposal on the January 8, 2007 6 PM newscast.
WKOW (Channel 27, Madison) Anchor /Reporter Elizabeth Hopkins interviewed Iraq War veteran Jon Steinborn and Wisconsin Veterans Secretary John Scocos about Rep. Wieckert’s GI Jobs bill for a story that aired on January 16, 2007 5PM, 6PM, 6:30 PM and 10 PM newscasts.
GI Jobs Bill Total Media Coverage From Bill Introduction Roll Out: