WPPA Announces Remaining Legislative Endorsements

MADISON – The Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) has released its remaining endorsements for the upcoming fall elections for the state assembly and state senate. These endorsements are the result of membership input, the results of its legislative report card rankings, as well as the candidates’ responses to its questionnaire. The WPPA supports candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to addressing the fiscal challenges confronting this state while protecting the services that Wisconsinites hold most dear.

PAC Endorsements 2008

Senate District 8: Darling
Senate District 10: Page
Senate District 12: Holperin
Senate District 14: Olsen
Senate District 18: King
Senate District 20: Winter
Senate District 26: Risser
Senate District 32: Johnson
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WPPA Named 2008 Friend of Education

MADISON—On Thursday, September 18, the WPPA was recognized as a 2008 Friend of Education by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). In a ceremony at the State Capitol, WPPA Executive Director Jim Palmer received the award on behalf of the hundreds of law enforcement officers who participate each year in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Wisconsin. Braving the heat, humidity, and at times, inclement weather, officers bike, walk, run, rollerblade, ride motorcycles, and drive support vehicles to escort the Olympic Torch to the opening ceremonies in Stevens Point. As the Law Enforcement Torch Run’s founding organization, the WPPA promotes and supports the mission of the Special Olympics and encourages its almost 400 local association affiliates to … Continue reading

Manitowoc: A Study of Legal Chaos

By Robert West, WPPA Consultant

It is not unusual for local police officers to have working difficulties with supervisors, the chief of police or sheriff. It is unusual when these difficulties become giant legal matters costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. Manitowoc has become the poster child for misdirection of a simple dispute.

Around 2004 or 2005, Manitowoc police officers were beginning to have increasing problems with the Chief of Police. Yes, there had been issues earlier but they generally had been resolved through grievances or worked out before they reached that level. None had ever been decided by an outside arbitrator. The disagreements with the Chief caused him to retaliate, bringing things to a head in 2006. The Manitowoc … Continue reading

Group Insurance Board Announces Single Digit Premium Rate Increases

MADISON, (Wis.) – Health insurance premium rate increases for the majority of members covered under the state’s Group Health Insurance Program will average approximately 7% next year, according to a Group Insurance Board (Board) announcement. This marks the fifth straight year the program has held cost increases to single digits. The program covers more than 230,000 state and local government employees, retirees, and their dependents.

Individual rate increases may be higher or lower for some local government employers and some health plan options under the state plan, explained David Stella, Secretary of the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF), “but overall, this is good news.” The innovative program design changes and strategies implemented five years ago not only “continue to … Continue reading