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WI lawmakers promote climate, jobs bills

Madison, WI (WXOW) - A group of lawmakers have announced a new package of bills to bring more jobs to the state and limit pollution.

State Rep. Greta Neubauer (D - Racine) announced the "Forward on Climate" package of bills Tuesday. She said the message is to create more clean energy in Wisconsin, which in turn would create jobs and cut down pollution.

"Wisconsinites send over $14 billion a year out of state to pay for the fossil fuels that power our communities," said Rep. Neubauer. "That's money that could be kept right here in Wisconsin."

The four bills included in the initial “Forward on Climate” package include:

● LRB 3848, creating a $1.5 million annual appropriation for a grant program supporting weatherization and energy efficiency updates in public school buildings and providing funds to support student education surrounding the importance of energy efficiency.
● LRB 3971, creating a study on Green Banks in Wisconsin, including how the State of Wisconsin can partner with private entities to invest in emerging technologies and infrastructure supporting clean energy, sustainability, and energy efficiency, with a focus on supporting under-resourced communities across the state.
● LRB 4201, creating a $1.5 million annual appropriation for a grant program supporting farmers who use certain sustainable practices, including sustainable farming, growing carbon-sequestering crops, and reducing fossil fuel usage.
● LRB 4811, requiring the Wisconsin Public Service Commission to consider the social cost of carbon emissions in determining the siting of new utility-scale power infrastructure in Wisconsin.

Dustin Luecke

Dustin Luecke anchors News 19 Daybreak weekday mornings.

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