Okla. state workers near 6 years since pay hike

Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - It's been nearly six years since state workers have seen a pay raise, and it's unlikely one will come anytime soon.

While many state workers have seen their workload increase, Republican legislative leaders are pushing for more consolidation of state agencies and shrinking state government to free up revenue for further cuts to the income tax.

Republican Gov. Mary Fallin's spokesman Alex Weintz says the economic reality has made it difficult to give raises for state workers. But he says all workers, including state employees, would benefit from a cut in the income tax.

The head of the Oklahoma Public Employees Association says there are about 3,000 fewer state workers now than there were three years ago, but downplays the idea state workers have been unfairly targeted by the Legislature.

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