Bill aims to make Veterans’ Day a state holiday in Wisconsin

A bill being considered in the State Assembly that would make Veterans’ Day a paid state holiday in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin is the only state that has not declared it a paid state holiday.

This year, Veterans’ Day is recognized for federal employees on Nov. 10 because the holiday falls on a Saturday.

In Wisconsin, the holiday is currently considered a “floating holiday” that employees can choose to take off anytime throughout the year. However, they will not necessarily take off Veterans’ Day.

Rep. John Jagler (R-Watertown) authored Assembly Bill 163. He said he wants people to take the day off so they can attend Veterans’ Day parades and celebrations.

“It’s more symbolic than anything, but to me it just breaks my heart that these guys go to their conventions and Wisconsin is the outlier, the one state in the country that doesn’t recognize November 11 as Veterans’ Day,” Jagler said.

The bill has support from both sides and passed an assembly committee unanimously. However, it has not yet gotten a vote on the floor.

“It’s not something that has come up that often. When you highlight it like that, I think it’s something that should seriously be considered. I know that there’s support on both sides for the men and women who have served our country,” said Rep. Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh).

There could, however, be financial concerns.

The Wisconsin Department of Administration estimated that the cost of “holiday pay” by all state agencies for a single holiday as $473,054 in salary costs and $74,040 in fringe costs.

The bill has not yet been scheduled for a vote in the full assembly.