As more than 300 unionized state troopers wait for their first pay raise in six years, ten Wisconsin State Patrol supervisors got a $4 per hour raise this week and they all have one thing in common – they serve on Governor Scott Walker’s (R-Wisconsin) personal security detail.
Over the course of a calendar year the raise will cost DOT an extra $83,200. DOT officials estimate they are facing a budget shortfall of $680 million heading into the 2015-17 biennium.
The raise also comes on the heels of legislative leaders announcing they would not approve an average 17 percent raise for the 300-plus state troopers who are represented by the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Association (WLEA).
“At a time with such fiscal difficulties in the State of Wisconsin, I just can’t support a raise that big,” Assembly Speaker Robin Vos told 27 News on February 17.
The raise for DPU members also comes just two weeks after Governor Walker announced a freeze on all merit pay raises for state employees.