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Harsdorf Appointed to Senate Committees

State Senator Sheila Harsdorf announces her committee assignments for the upcoming 2013-14 legislative session.

MADISON — State Senator Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls) has been reappointed to the State Legislature’s budget-writing committee as part of committee appointments recently announced by State Senate leadership.  The committee assignments were made as the Legislature prepares for the upcoming two-year legislative session that begins in January.

“I look forward to continuing our state’s progress from last session in returning fiscal responsibility to state government and encouraging job growth and economic development,” said Harsdorf.  “I am pleased to be reappointed to the finance committee and to provide a voice for western Wisconsin as the state budget is considered.”

Senator Harsdorf will also continue to lead on higher education issues through her appointment as chair of the Senate Committee on Universities and Technical Colleges.  The 10th Senate District includes UW-River Falls and UW-Stout, as well as campuses for both the Wisconsin Indianhead and Chippewa Valley Technical Colleges.

“One of the top concerns raised by small businesses and job creators in our area is a need for skilled workers,” stated Harsdorf.  “As chair of the Committee on Universities and Technical Colleges, I look forward to ongoing input from employers on preparing our state’s workforce, as well as facilitating discussion on the affordability and accessibility of our colleges and universities.”

Harsdorf was also appointed to serve on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Small Business, and Tourism and the Senate Committee on Energy, Consumer Protection, and Government Reform.

“Small businesses, agriculture, and tourism are vital economic drivers in our region,” Harsdorf continued.  “Given the need to focus on policies that encourage job growth, I am pleased with these committee assignments that will enable me to bring attention to the economy in our rural areas and smaller communities.” 

Harsdorf was also tapped to co-chair the Joint Committee on Information Policy and Technology and serves as the State Senate’s commissioner for the Midwestern Higher Education Compact. 

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Mike Knox December 20, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Chadwick, I worked for years at a Fortune 500 company. Assessing individual performance and its impact on the company's annual goals was very difficult, especially for those in the engineering or customer service departments - sales performance and product line profitability was always pretty straight up. Not every role can or should be assessed by individual performance. I believe that team goals are often much more effective as a means of leading as well as assessing.
Chadwick December 20, 2012 at 11:08 PM
@Mike, That is true in some scenarios and in this situation I think there would be both individual and group goals and compensation but it would definitely be heavily individual performance that is going to make the difference in a childs life.
Mike Knox December 21, 2012 at 12:13 AM
James, very well said. Sometimes a team is quite large, not all stake holders have equal authority or accountability and the final product can be years in the making. This can hold true in many working situations. Performance objectives are important. However, assessing them is an inaccurate science. I recall being asked to provide feedback on co-workers. I was often aware of that persons relationship with the manager. It had an affect on how honest I was.
mainstreet December 21, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Worked for 30 years as an engineer in 3 different Fortune 500s. Performance reviews every year. Set goals and objectives for following year, identify individual weaknesses and strong points to work on and put down on paper a career path. Next year review. Not a big deal. The only people who think it can't be done or is impracticable are the people who can't stand on their own two feet and take responsibly for themselves.
mainstreet December 21, 2012 at 09:23 PM
JR. I would say a 7 or 8. The key is to make sure there are measurable goals set, otherwise they are a waste of time. I couldn't agree more that the evaluations are an ongoing process. We had mid-years actually so that you could readjust some goals if needed. If we didn't agree with the evaluation we could write that in it before we signed off as well - not that it got you anywhere but at least it was documented.

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