MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin state troopers would see an average pay increase of 17 percent under terms of a newly negotiated contract.
The deal was discussed publicly for the first time Tuesday by Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, who says the raises are too high for him to support.
But Wisconsin Troopers Association President Glen Jones says the bulk of the raises will go to younger troopers to help stop them from leaving for better paying jobs elsewhere.
Jones says the increase is reasonable given that troopers have not had a raise since 2009.
A special legislative committee is expected to meet within weeks to consider the troopers' contract as well as deals for two other smaller unions.
Most state workers saw pay increases of 1 percent in both 2013 and 2014.
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