Walker didn’t change his salary under plan

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The new pay plan for state employees released this week by Gov. Scott Walker’s administration does not include any salary increases for the governor or other constitutional officers beyond what was previously approved.

Confusion has arisen from one section of the plan that crosses out salaries for the positions and inserts higher amounts.

However, the higher salaries were proposed by Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle’s administration and approved by state lawmakers in 2008.

The state constitution forbids current office holders from getting a raise or pay cut midterm, so the previously approved higher salaries didn’t take effect until this year.

Even if Walker had proposed higher salaries for himself and others, which he didn’t, they could not take effect until after an election was held and those elected took office.