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GOP sends Evers letter complaining about prison raises

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Assembly Republicans with prisons in their districts are complaining about Gov. Tony Evers’ decision to grant temporary raises at only six institutions.

Nineteen Republicans sent a letter to Evers on Wednesday saying the raises aren’t fair and compensation should be dealt with using the state budget.

Evers’ state budget calls for spending an additional $23.8 million to set up a pay-progression system for Corrections workers. Days before the audit was released, Evers’ administration gave temporary raises of up to $5-an-hour to workers at Columbia, Dodge, Green Bay, Taycheedah and Waupun correctional institutions, as well as the Lincoln Hills youth prison.

Evers’ spokeswoman, Melissa Baldauff, didn’t immediately respond to an email.

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