- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 13, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Assembly Republicans have drafted a package of bills they say are designed to help rural Wisconsin.

The package includes seven proposals. The bills would increase funding for Department of Workforce Development youth apprenticeship grants and apprenticeship completion awards in the next fiscal year and reimburse out-of-staters for a portion of their student loans if they relocate to rural Wisconsin for six months.

Other measures include a one-year increase in funding for a program that supports physician residencies in rural hospitals, requiring the state Department of Public Instruction to award grants to rural school districts for science, technology, engineering and math programming; forgive a portion rural teachers’ state student loans; and boosts funding for broadband expansion grants.

The Republicans unveiled the bills Wednesday.

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