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Mar 3, 2010 12:40 PM

Lawmaker wants ban on pay raises

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) A state lawmaker complains that state agencies might give their workers pay raises next year.

Rep. John Schroder, a Republican from Covington, says government employees shouldn't get salary boosts while the state is cutting services and eliminating programs.

The governor's budget proposal doesn't include money for raises. But budget advisers say if agencies can cut enough spending to afford raises, they would be able to dole them out next year.

Schroder, a member of the House budget-writing committee, said Wednesday that if agencies can find efficiencies, that money should pay for service increases, not salary increases.

State budget director Ray Stockstill says the only way state agencies can be prohibited from giving out the raises is if civil service officials issue a rule stopping them.

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