NORMAN — Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers could see an increase in their paychecks during the state’s next fiscal year, which begins in July.
That would be the first across-the-board raise for them in seven years. Chief sponsor was Norman Rep. Scott Martin. It comes on the heels of the state’s compensation study, which looked at all state employee pay plans.
The pay plan, and that for other state employees, will all depend on revenue projections. Earlier this week, the state’s finance secretary said collections for the state’s General Revenue fund fell more than 9 percent in March.
The shortfall will rekindle talk of mandatory cuts for all state agencies for the budget year that ends June 30. It gives lawmakers an easy out from the many groups seeking budget increases.
In December, a study commissioned by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin reported that state employee salaries are 6 percent lower than those in comparable states and 21 percent below private market jobs. Benefits, however, at Oklahoma jobs are more than 24 percent higher than those in comparable states.
For years, state employee groups have been pushing for salary increases to reward workers and reduce turnover, which leads to higher training and replacement costs.
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