Baton Rouge Council Wants Pay Raises In Budget

BATON ROUGE (AP) — East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council members have been flipping through the mayor's proposed budget that they will vote on next month. But some say the key missing element is an across-the-board pay raise for city workers.

         Mayor-President Kip Holden officially unveiled his proposed 2015 budget last week, noting that the budget grew by 2.5 percent. But council members still have to approve the budget, and a few hope to shuffle around money before they vote.

         The Advocate’s Andrea Gallo reports city workers already receive 3 percent pay raises on a yearly basis until they max out upon reaching the city's highest pay level for their job category. Once they have worked for the city for 10 years, they also start receiving longevity money on top of their salaries.

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