The issue of merit pay raises for Louisiana government workers has proved a difficult problem to resolve and Friday morning, the Civil Service Commission decided to suspend them for the next budget year.
The commission blamed the pay raise freeze for 60,000 workers on a state financial emergency.
The decision strips state agencies of the ability to give 4 percent annual merit raises to employees in the 2010-11 budget year, which begins July 1.
The auditorium was packed with state employees who took leave from their jobs to attend the meeting.
State employee representative Burl Cain abstained from the vote.