The administration cannot support the one-time bonus for all Civil Service employees because of the “many other demands” on state dollars including education, health care and transportation, Commissioner of Administration Angèle Davis wrote the employment agency’s chief.
Earlier this year, the administration rejected another plan targeting the workers for higher pay.
Civil Service Director Anne Soileau said the commission made its recommendations now so officials will have the information as budget preparations begin for the 2009-10 fiscal year.
Soileau said the minimum salary rate in the Civil Service pay plan is an average 10 percent to 25 percent below those of comparable jobs in Louisiana’s general employment market.
“We are losing people to the private sector,” Soileau said. “We have high turnover.” She said the state must stem that tide.
The rejection came as Jindal was seeking and gaining legislative approval of $94,000 to $60,000-plus raises for some of his appointees.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Jindal rejects one time bonus for state employees
The Jindal administration has shot down the State Civil Service Commission recommendation of a one-time salary bonus for all 59,700 rank-and-file Louisiana state employees as too costly and the wrong approach.