Sen. Pappageorge: Not the time for pay raise
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
LANSING — After the Michigan Senate failed to obtain the two-thirds vote necessary to prevent a 3 percent pay raise for state employees, despite a $1.4 billion deficit, Sen. John Pappageorge, R-Troy, offered the following comments:
“I am dismayed with how out of touch some in Lansing seem to be with what is really going on in this state. How can anyone in good conscience support a three percent raise for some state employees while other state employees have already been denied a three percent increase by the governor and the Civil Service Commission?
“During this time of great need, public servants should be willing to sacrifice. As vice chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I know all too well that Michigan is currently facing a whopping $1.4 billion state deficit. This pay raise comes with a $77.3 million price tag that the state and its taxpayers cannot afford. Now is not the time for anyone paid with tax dollars to receive a pay raise.”
The Civil Service Commission recently voted to rescind the 3 percent pay raise for non-union employees.
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