Dozens of legislative staffers receive pay raises

BY BARBARA HOBEROCK World Capitol Bureau
Sunday, February 17, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY – While state employees have not had an across-the-board pay raise in seven years, some legislative staffers in January quietly got raises, some hefty.

Twenty-five Senate employees got pay raises ranging from 0.7 percent to 37.9 percent while 18 House staffers got raises ranging from $1,500 to $6,500.

Annualized, the raises cost about $211,500, according to figures provided by Senate and House staff.

The highest was a $22,000 pay increase to a Senate leadership staffer, bringing his pay to $80,000. The staffer changed jobs and assumed more responsibilities, said Nathan Atkins, a spokesman for Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa.

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