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State employee bonuses jump

Analysis: One-time payments triple from 2012 in wake of collective bargaining changes

7:52 PM, Sep. 20, 2013
State employee bonuses tripled from $3.5 million in all of 2012 to $9.2 million through the end of July this year.
State employee bonuses tripled from $3.5 million in all of 2012 to $9.2 million through the end of July this year.
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More state employees are cashing in on bonuses this year, as lump sum awards have nearly tripled the 2012 total midway through the year,a Gannett Wisconsin Media Investigative Team analysis shows.

The bonuses - part of a new program called discretionary merit compensation - are given as either lump sums or hourly rate increases. The volume of rate increases is on par with 2012, but the one-time bonuses jumped from $3.5 million in all of 2012 to $9.2 million through the end of July this year, according to data obtained through a public records request from the state Department of ...

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