Lawmakers have set a public hearing at the Capitol for Tuesday on a proposed pay raise for Wisconsin state troopers.
Republican legislative leaders in March rejected an average pay hike of 17 percent for troopers. A compromise released Monday by Governor Scott Walker’s administration reduces that increase to a three percent raise for the year ending last June, plus an additional three percent for the year ending June 30th. In exchange, troopers will have to pay more toward their health insurance each month, much like many other state employees.
State troopers have not had a pay raise since 2009. Union leaders have said higher pay rates are needed to keep good officers from leaving.
The state’s Joint Committee on Employment Relations will hold a public hearing on the raises Tuesday afternoon at the Capitol. A committee vote on the new package could take place right after the hearing.