Newsmakers: Rep. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville)
Republican Rep. Duey Stroebel said he asked to cochair the Joint Survey Committee on Retirement Systems to push changes that would make Wisconsin's public-employee pension system even more secure. In the wake of the Act 10 controversy that all but eliminated the ability of public employees to collective bargain, he will be sponsoring bills to extend the retirement ages for those employees by two years, to have pension benefits based on a five-year pay average — instead of the current three-year average — and eliminate "double dipping" by retired public workers. In a March 26 Newsmakers interview, Stroebel explained why he wants those changes made. But he also said he has not yet discussed them with the Senate cochair of the committee, Republican Sen. Dale Schultz.