Just after Republican lawmakers announced they were rejecting raises for rank-and-file state troopers, Gov. Scott Walker’s administration granted $4-an-hour raises to the State Patrol officers
responsible for protecting the governor.
The pay bump will cost the state about $36,500 and comes at a time
when the Republican governor is routinely traveling out of state — with the officers for security — to attend what amount to campaign events leading up to a presidential run.
The top two Republicans in the Legislature announced Feb. 17 they would not allow a 17% pay boost for state troopers that Walker’s
administration had negotiated. Those pay raises can’t go into effect without the approval of lawmakers.
A separate pay raise took effect five days later for the troopers belonging to the State Patrol’s Dignitary Protection Unit who are responsible for protecting the governor 24 hours a day, State Patrol spokeswoman Peg Schmitt said Monday. That pay increase does not require legislative approval.
WKOW-TV in Madison first reported on the raise, which reportedly will go to 10 troopers.
These funds will come from the Department of Transportation. The WKOW report observes that “DOT officials estimate they are facing a budget shortfall of $680 million heading into the 2015-17 biennium.”