Speaker endorses plan for merit-based raises
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Speaker of the House T.W. Shannon says he supports a plan to increase pay for state workers using a merit-based system, but rejected the idea of across-the-board pay hikes.
During The Associated Press' annual legislative forum on Wednesday, Shannon said he believes state employees in Oklahoma ``can anticipate some kind of pay increase.''
But the Lawton Republican described across-the-board pay increases for state workers ``a relic of the past.'' He says he expects lawmakers this year will look to create a system for pay raises that rewards high performing state workers, not just those with the most years of experience.
Shannon also said he will propose a program that allows state agencies to keep some savings they are able to achieve to reward workers.
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