Rep. Carlin’s proposal fails in committee

By The Mercury

A proposal by State Rep. Sydney Carlin, a Manhattan Democrat, to give all state employees a 1 percent raise for fiscal 2013 was defeated in the House Appropriations Committee Monday.

Carlin said she introduced the proposal as a means of offsetting a pattern of recent static pay decisions. It got nine votes on the 22-person committee. “We need to recognize these hard-working state employees,” she said. “They’ve been three years without a raise.”

The proposal, which still could be adopted when House and Senate conferees reconcile their conflicting versions of the state budget, would have covered 40,000 state employees. It would have cost $24.6 million overall, of which $10 million would have come from the state general fund.

The budget conference committee cannot begin its work until the House completes action on its version of a budget, something that is not expected to occur until late this week or early next week.

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