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Walker focuses on hiring people with disabilities

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Gov. Scott Walker says he will spend much of the next year encouraging Wisconsin businesses to hire more people with disabilities. Walker says he was motivated to take action on the issue following a 2012 meeting with a worker at Tailored Label Products in Menomonee Falls.

Advocates say Wisconsin lags behind the rest of the country in job placement rates for people with disabilities. Their employment rate is less than one-third that of workers without disabilities.

Walker says he will press the issue all year. He wants to spend $800,000 by mid-2015 to expand an on-the-job training program for people with disabilities.

Beth Swedeen, executive director of the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities, says she hopes Walker's initiative will change employers' attitudes.

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