Mar 16, 2010 6:30 PM by Letitia Walker

Proposal Will Ban Government Worker Pay Raises


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

budget problems.

      The state Civil Service Commission will consider the idea at a

special meeting Friday. The commission rejected a similar proposal

last year.

      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.




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