Candidates for 15th Senate support BTC referendum

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Gazette staff
Thursday, July 31, 2014

JANESVILLE—All candidates for the state's open 15th District Senate seat support the upcoming Blackhawk Technical College referendum, according to a written statement from the Friends of BTC campaign group Thursday.

The referendum seeks to raise the school's operational budget by $4 million per year, permanently.

There are three Democratic candidates and the one Republican taking part in the August 12 primary. The candidates are seeking to replace Tim Cullen, who is not seeking re-election.

“I support it because it will improve our business climate and make southern Wisconsin more attractive to new business because it will help improve the skills and education of our workforce,” Republican candidate Brian Fitzgerald said in the written release.

“As a former non-traditional student who returned to school and earned a degree after raising two children, I know how important an education is to holding a good job and supporting your family,” Democratic candidate Janis Ringhand said in the written release. “Now more than ever, Blackhawk Technical College plays a critical role in helping our local workers learn the skills they need. The upcoming referendum will help BTC offer new programs and more flexibility to their students.”

“If Wisconsin is going to compete in the 21st century, we've got to have well-trained workers,” Democratic candidate Mike Sheridan said in the written release. “Blackhawk Technical College will play a key role in that future and that is why I support the BTC referendum on August 12.”

“I fully support Blackhawk Tech and their efforts to grow and expand their services for students,” Democratic candidate Austin Scieszinski said in the written release. “It will allow for workers to get the training needed for new jobs and new opportunities.”

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