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Oklahoma’s state employees get no raises in budget plan

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and legislative budget leaders want a study conducted to look at the pay of all state employees with the goal to move toward a performance-based compensation system.

BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Modified: May 6, 2013 at 1:08 am •  Published: May 6, 2013
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State troopers and correctional officers, who received the backing of legislators this year for pay raises, find themselves waiting until a study is completed that looks at the pay of all state employees.

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Public safety pay

$11.83

Oklahoma’s hourly pay for correctional officers — the lowest in the region, according to the Corrections Department. Starting pay for correctional officers is $12.98 an hour in Kansas, $13.38 an hour in Texas and $18.88 an hour in Colorado.

About 30 percent

The percentage of correctional workers in Oklahoma who qualify for food stamps, Rep. Jeff Hickman said.

85 percent

The percentage of the Corrections Department staff whose children qualify for school lunch programs.

767

The number of troopers — a 22-year low. The patrol is authorized to have 925 troopers.

30

The number of cadets the Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s academy — the first one in about three years — graduated last year; 24 troopers retired in 2012.

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Of the six states bordering Oklahoma, only New Mexico pays its troopers less, said Trooper Keith Barenberg, president of the Oklahoma State Troopers Association.

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