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Head of Wisconsin National Guard asks for raise

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Brigadier General Donald P. Dunbar / Courtesy: Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs Brigadier General Donald P. Dunbar / Courtesy: Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs

MADISON (WKOW) -- A lawmaker is criticizing a proposal to increase the salary and benefits for the head of the Wisconsin National Guard.

According to the Associated Press, Brig. Gen. Donald Dunbar, who also leads the state Department of Military Affairs, requests a $33,800 a year raise and $19,200 in added benefits in 2012. His salary is currently about $114,500.

The proposal would take effect after Dunbar's five-year term ends, and needs approval by the next governor and legislature. This request for a raise was included in a department budget request.

State Sen. Rob Cowles, R-Green Bay, tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the request shows the agency is out of touch with the economic downturn, including the state's $3 billion projected shortfall in the next budget.

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