Earlier this week, a bill authored by Rep. Duey Stroebel (R-Cedarburg) passed the Wisconsin State Assembly. Among its provisions: future rehired employees who are collecting pensions — and who work at least half-time — would not receive additional pension payments until they terminate employment. Current rehired pension collectors would be unaffected. For more information.
As we told you in our previous issue, the state Assembly Committee on Insurance met for several hours Thursday (Nov. 17) to hear testimony on the practice of rehiring state retirees. At issue, critics say, is the ability of those individuals to earn a salary and draw on their pension at the same time. State […]
Syndicated political writer Mike Nichols of Wisconsin has a reputation for sharply written but mostly fair columns from a conservative perspective. His latest effort involved a trip to the UW-Green Bay campus for a piece on the highly publicized retirement and rehiring of the University’s chief business officer, Tom Maki. Nichols argues that some state […]
Officials and citizens representing a broad variety of interests testified Thursday (Nov. 17) before a state Assembly panel that is considering two bills on the widespread practice of rehiring retirees. The Assembly Committee on Insurance heard several hours of testimony on the proposals, both of which would require state retirees working halftime or more “abate” […]
UW System spokesman Dave Giroux on Monday (Nov. 14) said state legislators should clarify the rules governing rehiring retirees, instead of focusing on one or two cases of the practice. Giroux’s comments were made after outspoken Rep. Steve Nass, a frequent UW System critic, called for UW-Green Bay Chancellor Thomas K. Harden and special assistant […]
More than half of the 447 people UW-Madison rehired after they retired have been on the job for more than one year, the limit set by the university under a new policy last month, according to a Wisconsin State Journal analysis of data provided by the school.
WLUK-TV reporter Mark Leland filed a story last Thursday that examined the practice of rehiring public employees after retirement. Although the piece used the term “double dipping” throughout, it also pointed out that at least half of the rehired annuitant cases statewide are at the K-12 level, and that the practice has both advocates and […]
Madison’s daily newspaper, The State Journal, has weighed in with an editorial on the rehired annuitants issue. The newspaper is backing Assembly Bill 318, which would require public employees returning half time or more to jobs covered by the state retirement system to suspend their pension income while they’re working. (Those employees would, however, qualify […]
Wednesday’s (Nov. 2) Green Bay Press-Gazette had the latest on a statewide examination of rehiring policies, noting a state Assembly committee on Nov. 17 will hold a hearing on the practice of drawing both a salary and a pension. Gov. Scott Walker said recently he favors a proposed change in legislation that would stop retirement […]