Category Archive: WRS

Jun 15

Legislative Update – June 15

The Joint Finance Committee unanimously nixed the governor’s plan to move state workers to self-insurance, after halting meetings for over a week, saying it was risky and they can find other ways to insure schools. “I’m happy we were able to do that without sticking it to state employees,” Rep. Gordon Hintz, D-Oshkosh, told Madison insiders. Other topics include the debate over K-12 funding, referendum restrictions and private school vouchers.

May 19

Legislative Update and Action Alerts – May 19

This week’s Legislative Update includes Action Alerts to contact your elected officials and ask them to support full funding of public education over private charters and voucher schools, and to protect the Wisconsin Retirement System from unnecessary changes. Other topics include special education funding, school board candidate signatures and campus speech.

Apr 24

Legislative Update – April 24

Bill increases state aid for special education and school age parents programs to no less than 33 percent of the school district’s costs … Bill would raise early retirement age from 50 to 52 for protective services employees and from 55 to 60 for general employees, and change the calculation for a participant’s final average earning from the highest 3 years to the highest 5 years … Series of bills introduced to restrict the ability of school districts to win passage of local referendums … Bill would require DPI to first submit its ESSA plan to the Assembly and Senate education committees for approval before it goes to the federal government … Joint Finance Committee to begin state budget deliberations … Senate Education Committee will hold an executive session on bills related to recovery charter schools and a mental health training program.

Mar 15

WRS participants to see payment increases

The Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds has announced annuity increases for the nearly 200,000 retirees of the Wisconsin Retirement System. The Core annuity adjustment is 2.0% and the Variable annuity adjustment is 4.0%, effective May 1.

Feb 03

Legislative Update – February 3

The ongoing battle over redistricting, informational meetings on the welfare of children, rural school funding, the State Investment Board, and the school start date were among the topics in this week’s news.

Sep 12

Retirement Security forums being held throughout the state

The Wisconsin Alliance for Retired Americans, in coalition with many groups, is presenting information about Retirement Security at a series of forums throughout Wisconsin. The alliance is working with the WI State AFL-CIO, area labor councils, the Wisconsin Coalition for Retirement Security, and Protect Our Wisconsin Retirement Security to educate and mobilize retirees across the state to protect and expand the ability to retire with dignity. WEAC is a partner with the Wisconsin Coalition for Retirement Security.