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Pay raises suspended for Louisiana's state workers next year

Pay raises suspended for Louisiana's state workers next year

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Tens of thousands of Louisiana state workers won't be getting pay raises next year.

At the urging of Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards, the Civil Service Commission voted 4-1 Thursday to block annual "performance adjustments" for more than 38,000 government workers, called classified employees. The pay raise suspension covers the budget year that begins July 1.

Under civil service guidelines, state workers are usually eligible to receive a raise up to 4 percent a year if they receive a positive annual job evaluation.

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, the governor's chief financial adviser, said the state can't afford the pay hikes as it grapples with continuing budget problems.

In recent years, the commission has twice voted to suspend all pay raises for rank-and-file workers — in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 budget years — at the request of then-Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican. The suspension doesn't affect pay hikes tied to promotions, other job advancements and increased workloads.

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