Republican legislators are wondering why Governor Vilsack hasn’t signed abill they believe will position Iowa as a training ground for high-skillworkers. The bill in question provides tax breaks to companies whichpartner with community colleges to train workers — with the promise thecompanies will hire many of those newly-trained Iowans. Senator JeffLamberti, a republican from Ankeny, says it’s an important move for thestate to make.House Republican Leader Christopher Rants of Sioux City says the programfits with Governor Vilsack’s goal of boosting the skills of Iowa workers.If Vilsack signs the bill, participating businesses will earn up to25-million dollars in tax credits over the next three years — andeach year, three-thousand workers will be trained. Senate Republican LeaderStewart Iverson says the program will help ease the worker shortage in Iowa.A spokeswoman for the Governor says Vilsack hasn’t decided whether to signthe measure into law, but a decision could come late today.
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