Monday June 26, 2017

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JFC Approves Transfer of State HR Functions PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by Joint Finance Committee Democrats   
Friday, 26 May 2017 22:36

scott-walker-talksWalker administration moves to consolidate power.

MADISON - Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) approved a Walker proposal Tuesday to transfer nearly 400 administrative jobs from most state agencies to the Department of Administration (but not physically move them).

union-members-at-capitolOn July 1, 2018, all human resource positions and related equipment and properties in the state agencies HR would belong to DOA, except the departments of Justice, Military Affairs and Public Instruction, UW and tech college systems, the Employee Trust Fund, the State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB) and Public Defenders.

Human resources includes but is not limited to decisions regarding: recruitment, selection, employment relations, payroll, benefits, affirmative action and equal opportunity compliance, classification, compensation, employee services, training and business analysis.

Democrats voiced concerns that this would erode agency decision-making and legislative oversight, and expressed concern that the proposal could actually cost more over time. This represents a troubling overall trend of the Walker administration to consolidate power.

Legislators to Introduce Private Pension Plan Based on Public Employee System PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by GBP Staff   
Friday, 26 May 2017 08:06

seniorsAct would help nearly a million people in small businesses and farmers in Wisconsin who work without a retirement plan. AARP estimates increased retirement savings could reduce state spending by up to $3.1 billion a year.

More Municipal Projects Going Out of State PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by Assembly Democrats   
Thursday, 25 May 2017 09:46

municipal-concrete-projectWisconsin Contractor Coalition reports 53 percent increase over 2016 in new municipal projects being awarded to out-of-state companies after governor’s plan to do away with prevailing wage for state-funded contracts.

Hansen Higher Ed/Lower Debt Plan Rejected by Joint Finance Committee PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GBP Staff   
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 09:40

uwgb-studentRepublicans introduce alternative plan that does nothing to lower student loan payments for the nearly 1 million Wisconsinites who are struggling with student loan debt.

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