It's no wonder government workers in Wisconsin are so touchy about having their benefits and negotiation privileges curtailed. A recent article in USA Today reports that Wisconsin is one of 41 states where public employees earn higher-than-average pay and benefits as compared to private workers in the same state.
Now here is the surprising news! Government workers in Wisconsin have only received marginal raises over the past 10 years, and their compensation is still below the national average for non-federal public employees. What increases Wisconsin government workers have seen basically come in the form of the increased value of the benefits they receive.