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Cost-Of-Living Pay Raises July 1 For 2100 State Managers, Appointees

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ About 2,100 non-union state managers and about 90 appointees in Connecticut state government will soon get a pay raise.

In a memo, released Tuesday, to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s chief of staff, Office of Policy and Management Secretary Ben Barnes said non-union managers will be awarded a 3 percent cost of living adjustment effective July 1, plus an annual increment on Sept. 3.  Barnes said that group of about 2,100 people has not received any raises since 2008.

Barnes estimates the increases, included in the Democratic governor’s budget proposal, will cost the state about $15 million to pay for the non-unionized managers in the legislative, executive and judicial branches, as well as so-called “confidential employees” who are not unionized but have bargaining unit titles.
About 90 appointees will receive a 3 percent cost of living increase effective July 1, costing about $250,000.
Commissioners, senior appointees in the governor’s office, state agency heads _ including Barnes _ and other senior officials will not get a raise.

Those senior people “took those jobs with a pretty clear understanding the compensation was fixed for the term of the governor,” said Barnes. Malloy faces re-election in 201.
Also on July 1, about 35,000 unionized state employees are set to receive pay increases totaling $95 million.
Those increases were previously negotiated between Malloy’s administration and the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition, which includes leaders of various state employee unions. The 2011 agreement called for a two-year wage freeze, followed by three years of raises, in return for a promise of no layoffs.
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