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Report: Marshfield schools saving money partially due to Act 10

MARSHFIELD, WI (WTAQ) - Schools throughout Wisconsin are saving money with Act 10, the law which ended most public union bargaining and made employees pay more toward their health care and retirement. 

Marshfield News-Herald media says the school district in that city is paying its lowest amount for teacher salaries since 2008. That's a total of almost $17 million, $1.3 million less than just three years ago. 

Marshfield school business director Pat Saucerman said Act 10 does not get all the credit but it's had, "a positive effect on our ability to control costs as we move forward." 

School officials and the Marshfield teachers' union are negotiating pay raises -- the only thing that's allowed under Act 10, and the raises cannot be bigger than inflation. This year's hike is limited to 2.07 percent.  

The Marshfield district has more young teachers who are generally paid less than their older predecessors. 

Thousands of local public employees in Wisconsin retired just before the union law was adopted two years ago. Many feared that Governor Scott Walker would take away their pensions -- something that never happened.