By Paul Schmitt
U.S. Senator Ron Johnson introduced a new state-based visa pilot program last month that would allow states to tailor guest worker programs to meet their individual workforce needs. The State-Sponsored Visa Pilot Program Act is co-authored by Johnson and Sen. Ken Buck of Colorado and is designed to address the need for manufacturers to find people to work. Johnson in an interview with DoorCountyDailyNews.com last week says the proposed bill is a good first step in dealing with immigration issues as well.
The bill would allow states to each get 5,000 visas for additional foreign workers per year, plus a population-based share of another 245,000 visas and a share of visas not used by other states. You can read the entire State-Sponsored Visa Pilot Program Act below: