Employees in at least two state departments will receive pay bumps on Oct. 1 after years of going without salary increases and dramatic public worker layoffs.
NOLA.com/Times Picayune report the Division of Administration and the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness both announced this evening that they planned to give employees pay increases.
The agencies' directors said the consolidation of programs and reduction of staff have left the departments with some cost savings, which they can pass along to some workers as a four percent raise.
At the Division of Administration, the pay bump will cost $2.4 million, $807,000 of which will come from the state general fund. It will affect about 1,100 employees, said department spokesman Greg Dupuis.
At Homeland Security, the salary increase will cost $28,000 in state general fund money as well as some federal dollars. It will affect 331 employees, said department spokesman Mike Steele.