BUDGET REFORM BLOG

Merit Raises Mark a Change for Wisconsin Public Employees

[Green Bay, Wisc…] Since Maria Lasecki’s start at the Brown County Child Support Agency in northeast Wisconsin 23 years ago, people had only received raises based on seniority, but that trend is starting to change. Merit pay–wage increases based on performance–may be commonplace in the private sector, but mark a new era for Wisconsin’s public … Continue reading Merit Raises Mark a Change for Wisconsin Public Employees

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Municipalities and School Districts Working Towards Cost-Effective Health Care

[Wausau, Wisc…] Local municipalities and school districts in Marathon County are working together to cut the costs of health care for employees, while still saving money for the taxpayers. The two groups are working on a plan to unite under one health care insurance company for all public employees. Mary Jim Tipple of Wausau is … Continue reading Municipalities and School Districts Working Towards Cost-Effective Health Care

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Onalaska Holmen Courier-Life: School Board Eyes Insurance Recommendations

[Holmen, Wisc…] With the help of Holmen’s recently formed 12-person Health Insurance Review Committee, healthier employees and fewer claims mean reduced premium costs for everyone. District employees now pay 20 percent or more of the premium costs, allowing for more breathing room in the district’s overall budget. But the higher individual and family insurance plan … Continue reading Onalaska Holmen Courier-Life: School Board Eyes Insurance Recommendations

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Wausau Daily Herald: Wausau District to Change How Teachers are Paid

[Wausau, Wisc…] The Wausau School District is looking to make changes to the pay structure for teachers. They have formed a committee of teachers, administrators, and school board members to find a better, more effective way to pay teachers. Thanks to the reforms that Act 10 put in place, the school district is able to … Continue reading Wausau Daily Herald: Wausau District to Change How Teachers are Paid

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Better Management, Act 10 Cut City Overtime Nearly 30%

The city of Milwaukee paid out 30 percent less overtime in 2012 thanks in part to changes coming from Act 10. City budget director Mark Nicolini gave some credit for the savings to Act 10 saying, “We think (Act 10) has had a meaningful impact.” Officials also credited better budgeting and planning by departments. To … Continue reading Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Better Management, Act 10 Cut City Overtime Nearly 30%

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