State Pay Increasing for 40,000 Workers

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Some 40,000 classified Civil Service employees will see an increase in their paychecks this month — some for the first time in years.

Marsha Shuler with The Advocate reports funding for the 4 percent boost is included in the Jindal administration's budget that went into effect July 1.

The raise comes as the administration is preparing to implement state health insurance program changes, which include increased out-of-pocket expenses for many of the same employees.

The state budget included more than $60 million to cover the cost of the so-called "performance adjustments."

Employees had to rate successful or exceptional in their job performance in order to get the pay increase. In the past, workers received raises on their employment anniversary date.

Average pay for the 40,786 classified employees is about $44,000.

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