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State Salaries

April 28th, 2009 by Mike Vasilinda

State employee pay has been in limbo for the entire legislative session. The House has been insisting on 4 percent pay cuts for everyone making over $26,000 a year, but as part of the agreement to end a budget deadlock, Senator Al Lawson says the House has agreed to a one percent cut for employees making over 50 thousand a year. Lawson says he is still pushing to raise the threshold to employees making more than 80 thousand dollars a year.

“The House has agreed to change their position from the 26,000,” Lawson said. “Now where we are at right now, is I have asked them if we’re going to have a one percent cut that’s 80,000 and above. Because what you’re going to do is trap maybe as much as 60 percent of the women who fall into that category, especially single women, heads of households, anywhere from 25,000 to 65,000. And as a result, that’s something that we really don’t want to do.”

The budget is expected to be finalized next week.

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