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State Troopers See Big Raise In New Contract

GOP Assembly Speaker Says Bump Is Too Big

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Wisconsin state troopers would see an average pay increase of 17 percent under the terms of a contract negotiated with the Walker administration.

The deal was discussed publicly for the first time Tuesday by Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, who said the raises are too high for him to support.

“I hope we can vote that contract down so they can go back to the negotiating table, have a more reasonable offer that comes to the Legislature,” said Vos. “But at a time with such fiscal difficulties in the state of Wisconsin, I just can’t support a raise that big.”

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A special legislative committee is expected to meet within weeks to consider the contract.

Wisconsin Troopers Association President Glen Jones said the increase is reasonable given that troopers have not had a raise since 2009.

Most state workers saw pay increases of 1 percent in both 2013 and 2014.