State employees awarded $14M in bonuses, raises

Posted Monday, December 30, 2013 --- 7:50 a.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- State employees have been awarded nearly $14 million in bonuses and merit raises this year, more than twice what they got last year.

A WLUK-TV report says nearly 6,300 employees, or about one in six state workers, got a bonus. Last year, about 1,800 state employees got bonuses totaling about $6 million.

The figures from the Office of State Employee Relations are current through Oct. 20.

The Department of Corrections gave out the most bonuses, with 1,313 employees each getting $750. The Department of Health Services handed out the most money -- a total of $2.2 million as 905 workers each received $2,500.

DHS spokeswoman Stephanie Smiley says bonuses acknowledge the value of top workers.

Gov. Scott Walker says state employees who are doing more with less deserve to be rewarded.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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