AP: Candidates spar over directors’ pay raises
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s Republican governor and her Democratic candidate opponent are sparring over pay raises for state agency directors.
Gov. Mary Fallin bumped annual salaries by at least $50,000 for two state agency directors, The Oklahoman reported. They were for Chris Benge, Oklahoma’s secretary of state, and Preston Doerflinger, the director of the state Office of Management and Enterprise Services.
Both raises were bigger than ones approved by state boards and commissions for 48 other state agency directors, 30 of whom received raises of at least $10,000.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Dorman called Fallin a “hypocrite” because she’s expressed skepticism about whether those 48 pay raises were needed.