Mar 16, 2010 6:30 PM by Letitia Walker
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Civil Service Commission is
considering whether to suspend pay raises for more than 61,000
rank-and-file state government workers in the upcoming budget year.
The proposal, released Tuesday, would strip state agencies of
the ability to give 4 percent annual "merit raises" to employees
in the 2010-11 budget year that begins July 1, citing the state's
The state Civil Service Commission will consider the idea at a
special meeting Friday. The commission rejected a similar proposal
Workers deemed "classified" under the Department of Civil
Service would be affected by any ban on merit raises. The proposal
also would urge state officials to enact a similar pay raise ban
for their political appointees, called "unclassified" workers.