A pair of Republican lawmakers wants to do away with a perk
for Wisconsin state senators and representatives.
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
would not affect already accumulated credit. It is sponsored
by Sen. Rob Cowles, of Allouez, and Rep. David Steffen, of
previously tried unsuccessfully eight years ago to do away
with the perk.
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