Committee expected to reject contract that would give troopers an average pay increase of 17%

MADISON (AP) — A special legislative committee plans to meet this week to formally reject a contract that would give Wisconsin state troopers an average pay increase of 17 percent.

The Joint Committee on Employment Relations is expected to approve separate contracts Thursday for the Wisconsin State Attorneys Association and the Wisconsin State Building Trades Negotiating Committee.

But Assembly Speaker Robin Vos's spokeswoman Kit Beyer says the trooper contract will be rejected. She says the contract must be formally rejected so negotiations can begin again.

Vos and other Republicans have said they oppose the trooper contract because the pay raise is too high.

Most state workers got pay increases of 1 percent in both 2013 and 2014. No pay increases are proposed in Walker's budget for the two-year period that begins in July.