Over 500 public power leaders from across the country gathered in Washington, D.C. March 9-11 for the 2015 American Public Power Association (APPA) Legislative Rally. MEUW members once again participated in the event as an opportunity to learn more about legislative issues impacting the industry and to share their insights first-hand with federal lawmakers and staff.
Upcoming MEUW Events
April 14-15 & 16-17
MEUW JT&S Underground Facility Locating Workshop, Two Rivers - Registrations due April 1.
National Lineworker Appreciation Day - Download a press release.
Municipal Utilities Legislative Day, Madison - Registrations due April 13.
May 5, 6, 7, 14
MEUW Customer Service Roundtables - Registrations due April 20.
MEUW Board of Directors Meeting
May 11, 18 & July 14, 15
Excavation Competent Person Training *Held at four locations throughout Wis.
Management Training Program Session B
MEUW Annual Conference, Wisconsin Rapids
Mark Your Calendars! Visit the MEUW website for a full list of events scheduled through summer of 2015.
This month's column focuses on a number of things happening at MEUW.
The 2015-2016 state legislative session is off to a quick start. The legislature has been focused on the governor's proposed budget, recently enacted right-to-work legislation and school accountability. MEUW members have been largely unaffected by the legislature's work thus far. The proposed budget's impact on your utility's operations is likely minimal. We have engaged in two issues related to consolidation of various state agencies of I.T. functions with the Department of Administration, and the proposed elimination of the Local Government Property Insurance Fund. We are concerned how the I.T. proposal will impact the high level of service our members receive at the Public Service Commission and how several members will be impacted by the proposed elimination of LGPIF. We will remain engaged in this process to raise awareness of the impacts of these proposals.