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Kind says contractors are having trouble finding workers



Congressman Ron Kind (center) talks with contractor Paul Borsheim (left) during a tour of the Garden Terrace project in La Crosse, being built by Borsheim's company, Borton Construction

According to Ron Kind, the U.S. is experiencing both a crisis in low-income housing, and a crisis of not having enough skilled workers.

The La Crosse Congressman was in La Crosse Monday, touring construction of the Garden Terrace apartments on Kane Street.

Kind said contractors, such as Borton Construction, which is building the Garden Terrace apartments, “are in desperate need of more workers, more apprenticeships.”

The House Democrat pointed out that the apartments will help provide low-income housing for the community — with 15 of the 50 units to be set aside for currently homeless veterans.

Kind praised Washington for supporting block grants for projects like Garden Terrace, which, according to city staff, occasionally are removed from the federal budget.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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