Council OKs Kansas employee pay raises

Finance council gives formal approval to Kansas public employee pay raises

Associated Press

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- More than $11 million in raises for thousands of Kansas state employees have cleared a final step.

The increases were given formal approval Monday by the State Finance Council, made up of Gov. Sam Brownback and top legislative leaders.

Kansas lawmakers approved $11.2 million for the raises in May as part of the state budget for the fiscal year that began in July.

Nearly 4,300 state employees will benefit, including some Highway Patrol troopers and corrections officers at state prisons and juvenile detention centers.

This is the fourth round of annual raises under a plan approved by the Legislature to bring the salaries of state employees closer to those of private sector workers. The raises were suspended for one year in 2011 because of budget constraints.

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