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CHANGING THE STATE PENSION SYSTEM COULD BE A BILLION DOLLAR MISTAKE

A Wisconsin Retirement Security Forum was held in Wausau. Claiborne Hill of the Wisconsin Coalition for Retirement Security presented some important facts about retirement.Wisconsin’s State Retirement System is well-funded and in fine shape. It has $100 billion in reserve.This money is our money. We state employees earned it and our pension is deferred income. Each month we put some money aside in the State Retirement System so that we can have a comfortable retirement.Our state retirement fund delivers $4 billion a year in benefits to every corner of the state.Wisconsin’s pension plan pays about $180 million a year to retirees in ...

TEACHER SHORTAGE IN WISCONSIN

For a long time, teachers have been blamed for the shortcomings of public education.Teachers have been villainized and given many new hoops to jump through. Is it any wonder that a shortage of teachers exists?Some teachers have left Wisconsin for Minnesota. Other teachers have left the profession. College students are choosing careers other than education.Tony Evers, state superintendent of public instruction in Wisconsin, spoke at the Wisconsin Public Education Network Summit in Wauwatosa about the teacher shortage. Hundreds of Wisconsin supporters of public education attended the second annual Summit.Evers said about the teacher ...

SEPTEMBER 2016 EVENTS

September 2016 EventsSeptember 1-- Thursday“Early Brain Development in Children 0 – 5 years of Age”6:00-7:30 PM at the Democratic Party Office833 South Third Ave, WausauFeaturing Julie Burmesch, co-chair of Marathon County Early Childhood Coalition.September 4, SundayFund-Raiser for Botsfords Defense Basil Restaurant2106 Schofield Ave., Weston1:30 – 3 p.m.Learn about Enbridge and its attempt to take the Botsford land.Learn about Eminent Domain, the law used by corporations to claim private land.September 5— MondayWausau Labor Day Parade. Come march with us. Meet at First Avenue and ...

WALK FOR WATER

You can walk for water on Saturday, September 17 with the first ever Central Wisconsin Water Walk organized by the Central Wisconsin Nature Foundation.This ten-mile walk is to make us aware of our precious water supply and how we need to care for it.The Central Wisconsin Nature Foundation is a group working with the town of Rome and the Wisconsin River Power Company to preserve Twin Lakes Nature Preserve. They have made a trail, built a little free library and plan to build a nature center on the property located off of Adams County Z.The Central Wisconsin Nature Foundation is non-political. Preserving clean water is every one’s respon...

STAND PROUD: A TRIBUTE TO JOHN SPIEGELHOFF

Many of us came to know John through his work representing employees. John was a fine person who cared about people being treated fairly and with respect. He lived his values. This showed in his commitment to both the union members he represented and the communities in which he worked and lived. All of us at MiddleWisconsin.org will miss John and want to thank his family for sharing him with us. "Stand Proud" is union song, written by Paul Hambleton and performed by "The Great Schools Union Band" in 2005. The "GSUB" consists of Paul Hambleton, Mary Bell, Glenn Schmidt and Tom Ivey.

JULY EVENTS, YOU ARE INVITED

July 5…South African Choir Concert6:30 p.m.St. Andrew Church, 3200 North Mountain Road, WausauPhone 715-470-4555Open to the public ….with free-will offering===================================================July 5….Drinking Liberally Malarkey’s…..408 Third Street, Wausau, WI5:30 – 7 p.m.For more information wausau@drinkingliberally.orgDL is an informal inclusive progressive social group where you can hang out and relax.D.L gives you a place to talk politics. This is not a book club.==============================================July 7….”Breaths of Fresh Air….Community Change through ...

HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN THE CORPORATE ASSAULT ON PUBLIC EDUCATION TO FRIENDS WHO KNOW NOTHING ABOUT IT?

HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN THE CORPORATE ASSAULT ON PUBLIC EDUCATION TO FRIENDS WHO KNOW NOTHING ABOUT IT?Diane Ravitch received an email from a daily reader of her blog who asked her how she could explain the downside of corporate reform to friends at a dinner party in the suburbs who know nothing at all about the issues. She said that her friends were liberal Democrats, but their own children are grown, and they don't read the blogs. What could she say that was direct, accurate, and informative?They exchanged emails and began creating a list explanatory comments. The combined list is below.Your friend says, "So what do you think of the education ...

ENBRIDGE ENERGY’S OIL PIPELINES

Why they should matter to you. Come to learn more on April 24 from panelists discussing a variety of important topics.

DEMOCRACY AWAKENING AND DEMOCRACY SPRING

The Wisconsin Grassroots Network (WGN) has endorsed the upcoming events of Democracy Awakening & Democracy Spring taking place in Wash DC in April 2016. We wanted to pass on this information so that you are aware of this should you want to become involved or even just follow what is happening. Some members have signed up and will be joining the movement next month in DC.Democracy Spring will take place prior to and in concert with Democracy Awakening. Here's a link for more info: http://www.democracyspring.org/Over 200 groups are sponsoring Democracy Awakening. Read more about them athttp://www.democracyawakening.orgA first-o...

CONNECT WITH PROGRESSIVES IN WISCONSIN

Progressives are being heard more than ever, in Wisconsin as well as across the nation. The first event of this new coalition was held on March 19 in Green Bay with the Progressives Freedom Campaign launched by Scott Wittkopf of Frame 4 the Future.Other sponsors of the event are Blue Jean Nation, Wisconsin Grassroots Network, Forward Institute and Wisconsin United to Amend.http://bdgrdemocracy.wix.com/freedom-campaignProgressive Freedom Campaign helps grassroots to organize and communicate effectively.It seeks to bring Wisconsin progressives together from across the state. The first step is to attend one of the workshops.The ...