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Oklahoma House approves state worker pay measure

Oklahoman Published: March 11, 2014
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has passed legislation to give state workers a pay raise and revamp state worker compensation.

The House voted 90-0 for the measure Tuesday and sent it to the Senate for consideration.

Republican Rep. Leslie Osborn of Mustang authored the bill and says it will provide a raise of about 3 percent to the state’s lowest paid workers, including corrections, human services and public safety workers. Osborn says the goal is to bring state worker pay to within 90 percent of private sector salaries for comparable jobs.

The raise would be the first in seven years for state workers that the bill targets. Oklahoma Public Employees Association Executive Director Sterling Zearley says he’s excited state worker pay has become a priority.

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House Bill 3293: http://bit.ly/NXC52H