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Panel to Vote Wednesday on Pay Raise for State Workers

The governor is recommending a 1 percent pay raise for state employees in each of the next two years.

Details of the proposed increase are outlined in a letter Gov. Walker’s administration delivered to lawmakers on a special legislative committee, which is expected to vote on the plan Wednesday. The letter was provided Tuesday to the Associated Press.

The increase would include employees in the University of Wisconsin system. Earlier this month, the UW Board of Regents requested that UW employees receive the same across-the-board increases as other state workers.

It has been four years since state workers received an across-the-board pay increase.

Gov. Walker issued a statement about the proposed pay increase:

Because we made tough, but prudent, decisions over the last two years, we are now able to invest in our priorities. This includes an investment in Wisconsin's state employees. Our budget contains a reasonable one percent general wage adjustment per year over the next two years, which is the first for state employees since 2008.

I’m confident the Joint Committee on Employment Relations will see the value in recognizing the efforts our state employees put forth every day. Their hard work, professionalism, and dedication helps improve the lives of our citizens and makes Wisconsin a better place to live.

Our sound fiscal management is leading to greater investment and opportunity for all, and together, we're continuing to move Wisconsin forward.

Ann-Elise Henzl became News Director in September 2017.