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Media Memo: Budget repair bill impact on UW-Eau Claire employees

TO: News Editors and Directors

FROM: Julie Poquette

DATE: Feb. 14, 2011

SUBJECT: Budget repair bill impact on UW-Eau Claire employees

On Feb. 11, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced a budget repair bill to balance the state budget for the remainder of the 2011 fiscal year (through June 30). The bill proposes changes that, if approved by the state Legislature, will have an immediate and significant impact on UW-Eau Claire employees.

The following statistics and examples are provided as background for those reporting on the impact of the governor's bill:

  • UW-Eau Claire has 419 permanent/project classified staff.The median salary for this group is $31,540. Under Gov. Walker's budget repair bill, for a classified employee making $31,540, the increase in Wisconsin Retirement System contributions would be $1,766 annually. The annual increase in health insurance costs would be approximately $700 for employees with single coverage or approximately $1,752 for those carrying a family plan. (The exact amount of an employee's health insurance increase will depend upon the employee's particular insurance plan.) The total annual reduction in take-home pay would range from approximately $2,466 to $3,518, or from about 7.8 percent to 11.2 percent.
  • UW-Eau Claire has 810 unclassified staff (faculty, academic and administrative staff). The median salary for this group is $53,217. Under the budget repair bill, for an unclassified employee making $53,217, the increase in Wisconsin Retirement System contributions would be $2,980 annually. The annual increase in health insurance costs would be approximately $700 for employees with single coverage or approximately $1,752 for those carrying a family plan. (The exact amount of an employee's health insurance increase will depend upon the employee's particular insurance plan.) The total annual reduction in take-home pay would range from approximately $3,680 to $4,732, or from about 6.9 percent to 8.9 percent.
  • UW-Eau Claire has 88 limited-term employees who participate in the Wisconsin Retirement System and 40 limited-term employees with state health insurance coverage. For UW-Eau Claire LTEs, the median base salary is $25,140. The governor's budget repair bill, if passed, would prohibit limited-term employees from being eligible for health insurance and from participating in the Wisconsin Retirement System.

For additional information about the impact of the budget repair bill on UW-Eau Claire employees, please contact David Gessner, assistant chancellor for budget and finance, at 715-836-5182 or gessnedp@uwec.edu and Donna Weber, human resources director, at 715-836-2513 or weberdj@uwec.edu.

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