Gov. Walker’s budget proposal to benefit WI State Troopers, but not lawmakers all are in favor

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- A 17% raise. That's what state troopers would get under a deal negotiated by the Walker administration. The raise would make up for years without, but some lawmakers say they can't support it.

Michelle Braun is the proud wife of a Wisconsin state trooper. Trooper Brendan Braun is about to celebrate 15 years on the job.

"He really loves it, he loves helping people, and he loves keeping people safe. He's really good at what he does," said Michelle.

He and Michelle only wish his paychecks reflected his hard work.

"I think that when you don't give these men and women the raises that they deserve, you're kind of saying that they're not needed," said Michelle.

Michelle says her husband and other state troopers haven't gotten a pay raise since 2009. She says that is seven years too long.

President of the Wisconsin State Troopers Association, Glen Jones, says the raise is necessary because they have gone years without one. But more importantly, he's worried about retention rates.

"If this agreement is not approved, my fear is that the younger officers are going to leave in record numbers," said State Trooper, Glen Jones.

But Republicans who control the legislature have said they'll reject the deal and restart negotiations.

"We didn't build this structure to benefit the older employees. We built this structure to encourage the younger officers to first off, come here, and second off, to stay here," said Jones.

Michelle says her husband has stuck it out for 15 years because of loyalty and dedication, but that doesn't pay the bills.

"I want to be able to know every month I'm going to be able to pay my mortgage on time, and pay all the bills that go with the mortgage," said Michelle.

Earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald issued a statement saying he expected the joint committee on employment relations to vote down the contract, and only they, can order any new negotiations to take place.

The raise would impact 300 Wisconsin State Troopers.

6 comments

  • DaTruth

    Every hardworking individual within a job that is “raking in the doe” from hard work and the dedication of workers, should get pay raises. When you don’t reward people fairly, then it has the same affect with all people. It just doesn’t begin and end with state troopers, but all hard workers.

    • Javon

      Excuse me but when having connections, a high social status, and other nonsensical parameters for people getting chosen for a career that they can “rake in the doe” elected officials need to reacess how people qualify for career postions so we can satiate our econmy and countries future. If you have the skills why do have to jump through hoops and stingy shady employers for a career?

      • DaTruth

        It’s crazy to say but a lot of people come through the door by who they know! I knew of a white engineer who was the head of the engineering department. Never graduated high school, nor did he go to college!He had a son who he pulled through the door with no college experience. A black engineer was paid a lower wage and treated unfairly. He graduated high school and completed college. It’s always about who you know, but people forget this! Also jobs only hire a certain amount of black people. This is a fact.

  • Joan German

    What the article did not say is how many actually left. Out of the class before the recent recruits, all but one left the WSP and were hired at local agencies. They walked in the door making as much as $11.00 an hour more. It costs the State a lot of money to train the troopers, only to have them leave because of the substandard pay!

    When times are economically bad in the state, the state employees are the first to take a hit. When times are good, they are forgotten about. It has been 7 years without a raise of any type. That is way too long.

    It’s about time that the legislation compensate its troopers for what they do. That raise would not have to be 17% if the legislators would have kept up with private sector and given a raise, even a small one, over the past 7 years!

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