State Rep. David Bowen
Press Release

Bowen Thanks County Board for Passage of Birth Certificate Resolution

Issues Statement Expressing Appreciation

By - Apr 24th, 2014 05:27 pm

“I would like to take time to thank my County Board colleagues for joining me by investing in the youth of Milwaukee County who find employment requirements such as birth certificates a barrier to employment. Now Milwaukee County can move forward not only in providing free birth certificates not only for the purpose of obtaining a voter ID but also to secure employment for youths ages 15 to 21.

“This legislation will assist hundreds of youths who would have otherwise lost an employment opportunity because they were not able to afford a copy of a birth certificate to confirm their age. A $20 fee for a birth certificate may seem small to some, but it can be a huge issue for youths without resources to pay the fee. Furthering professional development of these young people is the right thing to do.

“Let’s continue to eliminate barriers of employment for vulnerable populations of people in Milwaukee County. It’s truly a win-win for all.”

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