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Governor signs new state patrol contract

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers signed a bill Friday that provides a new contract to the Wisconsin State Patrol that includes a nearly 10% retroactive raise.

The deal is retroactive to the two-year period that ended in July. Troopers will get a 9.9% raise for that period payable in a lump sum.

In addition, the contract boosts starting salaries by $6,000 annually, adjusts the pay scale for all troopers based on seniority and grants all troopers a 2% raise. The agreement also reduces when a trooper is eligible for top scale pay from 10 years to seven years.

The agreement was reached after a previous deal, costing about twice as much, was rejected by Republican legislative leaders. Under that rejected plan, starting salaries would have increased as much as 20%.

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