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Police and firefighters actually will be affected by Walker's proposal

 By Anna Carrera - bio | email | Twitter | Facebook

WAUSAU (WAOW) -- Even though Governor Walker said his budget repair bill exempts police and firefighters, many could still be affected by his cuts.

Technically, Walker's proposal said it won't touch local police and fire unions. But police said when workers get promoted to "supervisor" status, they are no longer considered a part of their respective unions. This means some of the officers with more responsibility will see more taken out of their paychecks.

"Payment that supervisors receive for the extra responsibilities of being supervisors is being reduced while the people that they're supervising are not facing that reduction," said Wausau Police Deputy Chief Bryan Hilts.

Even though managers haven't had to take a cut quite yet, since the bill has been lingering in lawmaker limbo, they could soon. Hilts said supervisors may also have to pay retroactively, depending on when the law is finalized and what the wording looks like.

"All the managers and supervisors within the police and fire departments will be taking a 5.8% decrease from their gross pay," said Hilts.

Online Reporter: Anna Carrera

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