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Friday, April 20, 2012

Even Walker Won't Use His Own Budget Tools

After thousands of state workers took pay cuts through provisions in Scott Walker's Act 10 budget law requiring them to contribute more to their pensions and health care, the state is now flush enough in cash for Walker to hand out pay raises and bonuses to political appointees and other workers.

CBS News Excerpt: MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker quietly reinstated a program to give merit raises and bonuses to some state workers even as he preached cost-cutting and pushed through a law reducing most public workers' pay and eliminating their union rights.

An analysis of data The Associated Press obtained through an open records request showed Wisconsin agencies have handed out more than $765,000 in bonuses and merit raises this year to nearly 220 employees.

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