This is an excerpt from a column posted at BizOpinion.
It’s no secret that Republicans and Democrats in the Wisconsin Legislature have disagreed on more than a few issues in recent years. There comes a time, however, to put partisanship aside and to stand on common ground.
That time is now and the unifying issue is investing in Wisconsin’s high-growth economy to create family sustaining jobs.
Together, we have sponsored legislation, which will create a $25-million, state-leveraged fund to invest in the companies and jobs of tomorrow. In the State Senate, the lead sponsors of this approach — Sens. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills and Tim Cullen, D-Janesville — have and will continue to provide the leadership on this critical jobs issue.
If passed by the full Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Walker, the fund created by this bill must attract twice the state’s investment in private dollars. Those dollars will be invested over time in some of Wisconsin’s most promising young companies.