House Panel Rejects Pay Raise For Kansas Employees

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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April 20, 2012

The Republican-controlled House committee has rejected the idea of restoring a pay-raise program for some Kansas public employees.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the
committee on Thursday voted down a motion to set aside $8.5 million
to resume a plan to raise salaries of the state's lowest-paid
government workers.

The motion was defeated by a 9-11 vote.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Marc Rhoades, a Newton Republican, said state employees should consider moving to the private sector if they think that state pay is too low.

Others raised concerns that the state was losing qualified
employees, especially nurses at state hospitals, who leave for the
private sector.

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