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Proposed pay raise for classified state employees disappearing from agency budgets

February 17, 2014


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— Gov. Sam Brownback has proposed a 1.5 percent pay raise for classified state employees, but his fellow Republicans are systematically removing it from agency budgets.

On Monday, state Rep. Jerry Henry, of Atchison, the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, asked what is going on.

"The governor felt there is a need, so the agencies must have felt there was a need," Henry said.

Appropriations Chairman Marc Rhoades, R-Newton, said legislators will debate in a "global" sense whether to allocate funds for a pay raise instead of for each specific agency. He said that debate will occur later in the legislative session.

Rhoades said the pay raise wasn't included in the two-year budget approved last year.

"It's an additional spend," Rhoades said. "We are going to continue to strive to keep government small. Some of you like to spend money. I don't like to spend money," he said.

Classified employees haven't received a pay raise in five years.

Last week, Republicans on the Senate budget-writing committee also removed the proposed pay raise for state employees.

State Sen. Jim Denning, R-Overland Park, said the proposal needed more study.


Larry Sturm 4 years ago

Has the Kansas governor and congress had a pay raise in the last 5 years? Just wondering.

Shane Garrett 4 years ago

Senior carpenter: State pays 14.30 an hour. General building Maintenance and repair tech. 11.21 an hour. I can't get a plumber to show up for less then $50 and then it is 120 an hour. Try paying a good carpenter less then $15 an hour to do anything. How much does McElroy's charge to fix a furnace during the hour they spend in your house. I know it is my tax dollars, but without internal maintenance, all this work will be farmed out to local or out of state business on low bids which may cost the tax payer more. I understand the liability of a building maintenance work force. I have also seen the results of having a deferred maintenance plan.

Scott Morgan 4 years ago

Shane, those are starting out wages, they move on a scale. Besides, state employees are working for themselves, plus retirement. Please quote a person with 10 years in, and working as a carpenter........... this is the big lie. Huge salary and benies difference after a few years of step- raises.

William Enick 4 years ago

So a person works ten years and gets (LOL) a HUGE salary and benies... sounds like a middle class wage w/ adequate health insurance to me. And as an American, something to fight for and be proud of.

William Cummings 4 years ago

Scott: No classified step movement was recommended or approved by the Kansas Legislature from FY 2001 to FY 2006. In FY 2007, the Legislature approved a 2.5 percent step movement, effective September 10, 2006. There has been no further step movement since FY 2009.

Source: 2012 Legislator Briefing Book

Mike Ford 4 years ago

Typical GOP bait and switch. promise and remove like the unfunded mandates my late mother always dealt with as a Kansas teacher.

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