MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Jim Doyle says he knows his decision to eliminate merit pay raises and bonuses is unfair to hard-working state employees but he has no choice.
Doyle's administration says 1,275 employees were rewarded in the most recent budget year with either hourly merit pay raises or lump sum bonuses.
Doyle announced last week that he was eliminating discretionary pay increases as one of several measures to deal with a projected $5.4 billion budget deficit.
He told reporters on Monday the decision pained him because raises and bonuses are a good way to recognize employees "who go above and beyond."
But he says they are just one of many initiatives tax money cannot support given the downturn in the economy.
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