Republicans want to end lawmakers' unpaid sick leave benefit


April 24, 2015


MADISON A pair of Republican lawmakers wants to do away with a perk for Wisconsin state senators and representatives.

They circulated a bill this week that would no longer allow state lawmakers to accumulate unused sick leave, which can then be converted to credits to pay for health insurance upon retirement.

The bill would not affect already accumulated credit. It is sponsored by Sen. Rob Cowles, of Allouez, and Rep. David Steffen, of Howard.

Cowles also previously tried unsuccessfully eight years ago to do away with the perk.

The 132 current state lawmakers have accumulated about $2.4 million in sick leave credit, or $18,300 per senator and representative. Last year, retired lawmakers used the credits to pay for more than $367,000 in health care premiums.


Associated Press