Daugaard: No Raises
By Gary Ellenbolt
The revised budget proposed Wednesday by Governor Daugaard contains a budget move left over from the last two years of the Rounds Administration.
"After two years now of no salary increases, I regret we still have no revenue to increase the salaries of our highly competent state work force," Daugaard says. "It's my hope when better times return, we can offer raises to our state workers-but not this year. State employees in leadership positions are already leading by example. I have asked every member of my cabinet to accept a pay cut of 10 percent or more. New cabinet members will make at least 10 percent less than their predecessors."
Daugaard says between pay cuts in the cabinet, and salary reductions in the Governor's Office, the state would save $400 thousand in the next fiscal year.
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