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Report: At least 5 state workers got pay raises around limits

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - At least five state government workers got large pay raises after the Walker administration reportedly tip-toed around state pay limits. 

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said three officials were moved into phantom jobs with higher pay scales, and then brought back to their original posts at the higher pay. 

Democrats have reportedly done the same thing in the past. 

Jay Heck of the watchdog group Common Cause says the state needs to set up a more transparent system for rewarding top performers. 

It was reported earlier that Capitol Police Chief David Erwin and his top assistant got big raises with phantom job transfers. Now, the Journal Sentinel said 3 others were given similar treatment earlier this year -- including state chief Revenue economist John Koskinen. The paper said he received a $14,000 raise, after he uncovered problems with job statistics that critics were using to make Walker look bad during last year's recall election against him. 

Administration spokeswoman Stephanie Marquis said Koskinen has worked under both Republicans and Democrats -- and it's vital that the state have correct job numbers. Koskinen reportedly had another job offer in the private sector, and the state raised his pay to 26 percent beyond a similar economist in another state agency. 

Most state employees have just been given their first general pay raises in 4 years, at one percent.