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State workers would get first pay raise in 4 years under Gov. Walker's plan

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin state government workers could soon get their first across-the-board pay raise in four years.

The Office of Employment Relations announced plans Tuesday to recommend a one-percent pay hike in each of the next two years – plus 25-cents an hour for employees who make less than $15 per hour.

The Legislature’s Joint Committee on Employment Relations will consider the pay hikes Wednesday.

If they’re approved, no further legislative action would be needed.

The raises would then take effect Sunday, and would start appearing on paychecks at the end of July.

They would apply to general government employees plus those in the UW System. It’s been four years since most rank-and-file state workers got raises – and it’s been five years for most managers.

The raises would cost around $90-million over the two-year period. State taxpayers would cover almost half of that. The rest would come from federal funding, fees, and other areas.

The funding for the pay hikes is already in the proposed state budget that Governor Scott Walker’s due to sign in the next few days.