Republican Gov. Scott Walker proposed the measure. The plan would devote $35.4 million from the state's projected $977 million surplus for grants to help eliminate technical college waiting lists for high-demand fields, high school students get trained for high-demand jobs and the disabled find work.
The state Assembly passed the bill earlier this month. The Joint Finance Committee approved the bill 12-4 on Wednesday, setting up a vote in the state Senate.
Minority Democrats on the committee complained that the bill doesn't get enough money to technical colleges fast enough. They say Republicans could have done much more.