State Rep. John Schroder, R-Covington, proposed an amendment to freeze merit increases. He said the move would boost the state’s general fund by $13.4 million.
Overall, the amendment would affect $34 million in raises that state agencies wanted to give in the upcoming fiscal year, Schroder said.
Of that amount only $13.4 million would revert to the general fund. Agencies would keep the rest of the money — because it comes from sources such as self-generated revenue and not general fund dollars — but would not be able to use it for raises, he said.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Legislature continues movement to suspend state employee merit raises
Faced with a $1.3 billion drop in state revenue, members of the House Appropriations Committee combed the budget Tuesday to find money for programs on the chopping block.