Patrick OK’s 3-Percent Raises For State Managers

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick is allowing the heads of state agencies to offer up to three percent wage hikes to 4,000 executive branch managers.

The increases could cost $9.9 million in the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Patrick’s budget chief Jay Gonzalez said the raises would be the first in three years. During that time, the managers have taken unpaid furloughs and seen their staffs cut as the state reduced its workforce.

Gonzalez said there was be no additional money added to the state budget for the raises. He said the agencies could approve the raises by finding money within their existing budgets.

He called the $9.9 million a modest cost which won’t hurt state services. He noted that union workers are also scheduled to receive a 3 percent raise.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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