(4/4/14) Governor Scott Walker says he's reviewing large pay raises given to eight Wisconsin prison wardens recently.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel learned that the wardens got raises of up to 13-percent last month, to put their salaries close to 100-thousand dollars a year. The Republican Walker noted that state agencies do not go through his office in granting pay raises. But he said the correctional raises were quote, "obviously an area of concern," and he wants to see the documentation. The Journal Sentinel said the Corrections Department circumvented the government's salary rules by transferring wardens from one institution to another. The agency gave the newspaper one of its prior memos, comparing the wardens' previous salaries to those of other state workers and officials -- including the heads of the state's secure psychiatric facilities. The wardens' pay hikes came at a time when other state workers received one-percent raises. The wardens were given the one-percent hikes as well.