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Statehouse Live: Pay raises approved for approximately one in four state workers

September 17, 2012

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— Kansas officials Monday approved $11.2 million in pay raises for 4,300 state employees whose salaries are below those of similar private-sector workers.

That represents approximately one in four state classified workers.

The State Finance Council, led by Gov. Sam Brownback, approved the increase after the funding had earlier been approved by the Legislature.

Among those getting raises were more than 1,000 corrections officers who were getting 7.5 percent pay raises. The raises took effect for the current pay period.

Brownback said the increases were essential to recruit and retain personnel in corrections and law enforcement.

The Finance Council, which includes legislative leaders, endorsed the plan on a unanimous vote, although House Republican Leader Arlen Siegfreid, R-Olathe, voiced misgivings.

"I'm not sure this is such a good idea with the budget problems we are facing," Siegfreid said.

Raises went to more than 50 classifications and will effect workers across the state, including those at regents universities, except Kansas University where employees voted several years ago to leave the state's classified system.

Comments

Currahee 1 year, 7 months ago

"I'm not sure this is such a good idea with the budget problems we are facing," A surplus is a budget problem?

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 7 months ago

The Republican inner circle is now debating whether the other 3/4 should get devil's food, or a plate of gruel from an ole Koch family recipe.

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question4u 1 year, 7 months ago

One in four state employees was paid so far below similar private sector workers that even Brownback couldn't ignore the situation: BROWNBACK, not some moderate, and certainly not some liberal.

From the April 20th LJW: "House Appropriations Committee Chairman Marc Rhoades, a Newton Republican, said state employees should consider moving to the private sector if they think that state pay is too low."

But now Brownback has made Rhoades look foolish by stating that "the increases were essential to recruit and retain personnel in corrections and law enforcement." If someone like Brownback says that, then you can assume that there was absolutely, positively no other choice.

But let's hear it. Is Brownback a closet profligate, or is Rhoades out of touch with reality?

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bobberboy 1 year, 7 months ago

Brownback had nothing to do with this - it was all due to the hard work of the employee union. The other 3 of the 4 state workers are not represented by any union and are also below market and have not had any adjustments or COLAS for quite a long time.

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