Monday, June 9, 2008

Pay Raise for some State Workers Dead

A proposal to raise the minimum pay of at least 7,400 employees as part of attempts to better compete with the private sector is dead for now according to Civil Service Director Anne Soileau.

Gov. Bobby Jindal and his money arm, the Division of Administration, headed by Commissioner Angèle Davis, must sign-off on the proposal, and that has not happened.

In addition, Soileau said no money has been inserted in the governor’s proposed state budget for the new fiscal year that begins July 1 to cover the pay plan’s cost.

Three pay options were submitted to Jindal’s budget planners that could bring anywhere from 3 percent to 10 percent raises to certain employees.

Soileau said earlier that Civil Service struggles to fill essential jobs because of higher pay offered in the private sector.

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