Skip to comments.Lawmakers seek MATC shake-up
Posted on 03/02/2012 9:21:42 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
Two state Republican lawmakers are leading an eleventh-hour charge to change the makeup of the Milwaukee Area Technical College Board, saying they want to build a stronger partnership with the business community.
The legislation would increase official representation of area businesses from two to five of the nine MATC board seats, and would change who appoints board members.
The proposal faces a backlash before a key Assembly committee vote Thursday that could keep it from reaching the floor of the Legislature before the regular session ends March 15. Critics argue that businesses already are represented in the experience of board members. They see it as a power grab.
Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) and Rep. Mark Honadel (R-South Milwaukee) introduced the amendments in Senate and Assembly committees, respectively. The Senate version passed out of committee last week by a 4-3 party-line vote.
If the bills became law, the MATC board would consist of one school administrator, one elected official, two at-large members and five people appointed to represent for-profit businesses or nonprofit medical facilities.
The board currently has two members appointed as employers and two appointed as employee representatives, one school district administrator, three at-large members and one elected official. Of the three at-large members on the board, two are employers.
"It's narrow to think only those elected as business representatives represent business," she said.
The proposed legislation singles out only the MATC board; the governance of Wisconsin's other technical college boards would be unchanged.
Grothman said the MATC board needs to be overhauled because it lacks an appropriate focus.
"There's a thirst in the business community for welders, but the number of people who have taken welding classes at MATC is relatively small," ... "There are hundreds of welding jobs, but we can't find welders here."
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What we really need is an elected board for MATC. Right now the board is appointed according to an arcane formula and they are not responsive to the electorate at all, bucause they don’t need to be. The share of our tax bill that goes to MATC is the lion’s share and rises each year, no matter what else is happening.
Mark Belling had a great rant on this yesterday. My favorite was the caller who wanted to learn welding only to have to take social studies classes (how pathetic).
I tell the teenagers I know that if they become a welder, plumber, HVAC engineer, or electronic techician they can write their own ticket.