The state Civil Service Commission will consider suspending merit pay raises of some 60,000 state employees at its June 3 meeting.
The proposal affects the 4 percent pay increase classified state employees would get on their job anniversary dates starting July 1.
Louisiana State Penitentiary Warden Burl Cain, a member of the commission, said the granting of the merit pay raises could increase employee layoffs.
In past tight budget years, administrations have not provided funds for merit pay raises but allowed agencies to make other cuts to free up funds to pay the raises.
The commission proposal would stop that from happening.