Senate puts in extra raise money for its own staff | www.ajc.com

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Senate puts in extra raise money for its own staff | www.ajc.com

State agencies next year will give many employees their first raises since the Great Recession, but the Senate wants to give the lieutenant governor’s office and the chamber’s budget office a little something extra.

The Senators approved a spending plan Thursday that could enable Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s staff and the Senate Budget Office staff to get bigger raises than most other state workers.

Some who voted for the budget said that wasn’t disclosed to the chamber before it voted on the spending plan.

“I have some concerns when so many state employees have suffered so long without pay raises and then we give them to people involved in the (budget) process,” said Senate Minority Leader Steve Henson, D-Tucker, who voted for the budget. “I didn’t know it was there.”

Under the budget the Senate passed, the chamber went along with Gov. Nathan Deal’s recommendation to give agencies a 1 percent hike in payroll — $24 million — to fund merit raises. Many state employees haven’t gotten raises since 2008 or 2009.

Georgia’s more than 100,000 public school teachers also have not received state-funded cost-of-living raises in years.

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