Thursday, August 27, 2015

Assembly Committee to Hold Public Hearing on Post-retirement Benefits

The Assembly Urban and Local Affairs Committee will hold a public hearing on September 8 on Assembly Bill 269, which would make changes to the way post-retirement benefits are funded for employees of local governments, including school boards.  AB 269 prohibits a local government from providing post-retirement health care benefits to any employee hired on or after January 1, 2016, unless the cost of the benefit is fully funded in a segregated account.

Assembly Urban and Local Affairs, 10 am, Tue, Sep 8, 400-NE
Hearing on:
AB-269 Postretirement Health Care Benefits (Thiesfeldt, Jeremy (R)) Funding postretirement health care benefits of local government employees

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Urban Education Task Force

Speaker Vos has announced three bipartisan task forces, one of which focuses on urban education.  An excerpt from the announcement on the Speaker’s Task Force on Urban Education is below.  To see the whole press release click here.

Speaker’s Task Force on Urban Education

Wisconsin’s urban school districts have unique challenges and opportunities to meet the needs of their students. The goal of the task force is to provide tangible solutions to help improve educational outcomes. Task force members will study teacher recruitment and retention, discuss best practices to address truancy, below-average academic performance and low graduation rates, and explore ways to improve access to technology in high poverty urban areas.

Member of Speaker’s Task Force on Urban Education

Rep. Jessie Rodriguez (R-Franklin), Chair
Rep. Sondy Pope (D-Cross Plains), Vice Chair
Rep. Mike Kuglitsch (R-New Berlin)
Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac)
Rep. Thomas Weatherston (R-Caledonia)
Rep. Mary Czaja (R-Irma)
Rep. Scott Allen (R-Waukesha)
Rep. Dave Heaton (R-Wausau)
Rep. John Macco (R-Ledgeview)
Rep. Christine Sinicki (D-Milwaukee)
Rep. Jill Billings (D-LaCrosse)
Rep. Eric Genrich (D-Green Bay)
Rep. David Bowen (D-Milwaukee)