MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - About one of every six state government employees were given bonuses and merit pay raises this year.
FOX 11 found that 6,300 workers were given bonuses and merit pay hikes totaling $14 million. A year ago, about 1,800 state workers received $6 million in extra money.
UW-Madison police detectives were given one-time bonuses of $6,900 which represented about 11 percent of their salaries. A deputy health services administrator was given an hourly raise of seven percent.
The Corrections Department gave out the most bonuses, with 1,300-plus workers getting averages of $750 each. The health services agency gave out the most in bonus money, around $2.2 million.
Republican Governor Scott Walker said the state should find a way to reward employees who save tax dollars, provide better quality service, and do more with less.
State employees who didn't get bonuses still received one percent raises, the state's first general pay hike since 2008.
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)