A year after state workers saw cuts to their total compensation, the state Department of Transportation has put together a program to give some of its private-sector consultants a 2% boost in pay.
State Sen. Julie Lassa (D-Stevens Point) said the move was unfair because using consultants for engineering work already costs more than using state employees.
“The private engineers should be treated the same as our state engineers,” she said. “Everyone who does work for the Department of Transportation should be part of the budget solution, as Gov. (Scott) Walker has said.”