A bill making its way through the Wisconsin State Legislature could revive a program that helps students pay their way through college by working on conservation projects. Representative Jeff Mursau of Crivitz introduced a measure to re-establish the Wisconsin Conservation Corps, which previously operated in the state from 1983 until 2003. Mursau says the bill offers incentives to low-income students working toward their GED
Organizations looking to complete projects through the Wisconsin Conservation Corps could apply for state grants ranging from 25-thousand to 75-thousand dollars if they provide a 50-percent match and hire workers between 16 and 25 years old, half of which are high school students coming from families making under 200-percent of the federal poverty level. But, Mursau says, even if the bill is passed into law, the effort doesn’t end there.
A public hearing on Mursau’s Conservation Corps bill was held in the Senate last week.