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Senate approves raise for state troopers, changes for state worker compensationSubmitted: 07/07/2015

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MADISON - The state Senate has approved a raise for state troopers and a new compensation plan for other state workers but has delayed debate on the state budget.


The Senate's Tuesday agenda included the budget, a bill that would give the troopers a six percent raise, and a bill laying out a new two-year compensation plan for 31,000 other state workers that includes no general wage increases.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker pushed through a state law in 2011 that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers over anything beyond wage increases to account for inflation. The troopers were exempted from the law.

The Senate passed the troopers' raises 33-0 with no debate and passed the compensation plan 19-14, with all 14 Democrats voting against it.

Republicans who control the chamber then recessed to continue discussing the state budget. They planned to reconvene at 1 p.m., but caucus discussions can run later than stated end times.

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