Plan that would have removed citizens, experts from panel is taken out of budget after outcry from WEAC and coalition
The state Senate removed a plan to eliminate citizens and experts from a nonpartisan panel that provides recommendations on changes to the Wisconsin Retirement System. As a result, the controversial provision was not included in the 2015-17 state budget signed by the governor. WEAC, a member of the Wisconsin Retirement Security Coalition, had moved swiftly to push back on this dangerous idea.
“The plan would have put Wisconsin’s successful retirement system in jeopardy of instability and political whims,” said WEAC President Betsy Kippers. “This is a victory for every retired, current and future educator and public employee and will protect taxpayers.”
After the plan was earlier inserted into the budget without discussion or notice, WEAC quickly worked to demand lawmakers maintain the nonpartisan WRS committee, with more than only politicians serving on it. The Wisconsin Retirement System is recognized as one of the best in the nation, providing security to taxpayers and dedicated public employees like police officers, firefighters and teachers.