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Peter Barca
Wisconsin state trooper 17 percent raise contracted rejected

Republican lawmakers rejected a proposed contract negotiated by Gov. Scott Walker's administration that would have given state troopers a 17 percent pay raise on average, saying Thursday it would never get the votes necessary to pass the full Legislature. Instead, Republican legislative leaders urged the troopers' union and Walker administration to resume negotiations and reach a new deal with a raise closer to 3 percent. "I've never seen a mess like we're looking at right now and I don't know how to get out of the box we're in right now other than to have both sides go back to negotiating," said Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald,...