Budget committee approves money for state employee raises, boost for some prison guards

The Joint Finance Committee approved a package Thursday that would provide the funding for state employees to get raises of 2 percent in each of the next two years.
The package, approved 11-4 along party lines, also included $3.5 million to fund a $5-an-hour increase for correctional officers working at prisons with high vacancies.
The general state employee raises, which are planned for Jan. 1, 2022, and Jan. 1, 2023, match the proposal Gov. Tony Evers included in his budget at a cost of $87.4 million. The GOP motion also matches the $49.3 million Evers proposed to cover fringe benefit costs ...

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